John Barnett, London, a good late 17th century marquetry walnut longcase clock of one month duration
Lot 122
A good late 17th century marquetry walnut longcase clock of one month duration with 11 inch dial, reversed trains and bolt and shutter maintaining power John Barnett, Londini fecit
Sold for £19,200 (US$ 30,044) inc. premium

Lot Details
A good late 17th century marquetry walnut longcase clock of one month duration with 11 inch dial, reversed trains and bolt and shutter maintaining power
John Barnett, Londini fecit
flat topped hood over a pierced fret, spirally twisted Corinthian columns, convex throat moulding and long door decorated with three large panels of inlaid birds amongst foliate scrolls and flowers, the base similarly inlaid on a (later) skirt, the 11 inch square brass dial with winged cherubs head spandrels interspersed by engraved foliage, the silvered chapter ring with Arabic minutes and Roman hours enclosing the finely matted centre with lightly decorated date aperture and subsidiary seconds, latched to the frontplate of the substantial movement united by six knopped and finned latched pillars, the going train set to the left hand side with bolt and shutter maintaining power to the anchor escapement with outside countwheel strike on a bell, the movement secured to the case via a pair of brass brackets 2.08m (6ft 10in) high.

Footnotes

  • John Barnett was apprenticed at the age of about 13 to John Ebsworth from 1675 through to 1682. He worked in Lothbury at the sign of the Peacock and during his career, took on four apprentices (George Clent 1691, Benjamin Hume 1695, James Haggar 1702 and William Webster 1710). His quaterage payments stopped in 1702 and it is assumed that he died early in this year. He is known to have made clocks more complex than the norm, such as a quarter-striking longcase on six bells and another of three-month duration. Based in Lothbury, he is also known to have sold lantern clocks.
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