A late 17th century walnut and marquetry longcase clock Joseph Windmills, London
Lot 65W
A late 17th century walnut and marquetry longcase clock
Joseph Windmills, London
Sold for £18,750 (US$ 30,638) inc. premium

Lot Details
A late 17th century walnut and marquetry longcase clock Joseph Windmills, London
A late 17th century walnut and marquetry longcase clock
Joseph Windmills, London
The moulded stepped caddy top over inlaid throat moulding, the long door set with shaped panels of bird-and-floral marquetry within ebony and boxwood strung borders, framing a glazed lenticle, on a similar panelled base with (later) plinth, the 10 inch square brass dial with winged cherub spandrels interspersed by engraved leaves, framing the signed silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring with minute track and inner quarter-hour track, the finely matted centre with subsidiary seconds dial, ringed winding squares and chamfered date aperture, the movement with six heavy knopped and finned pillars, all latched to the frontplate, the anchor escapement with inside countwheel strike on a bell. 2.24m (7ft 4ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Joseph Windmills has always been a highly regarded maker of clocks and watches. Brian Loomes records in 'The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain', NAG Press, 1981, page 585, that he was made free of the Clockmakers Company in 1671 and that he took on numerous apprentices, including his son Thomas between 1686 and 1695. He was made Assistant to the Clockmakers Company in 1691, Warden in 1699 and Master in 1702 and is recorded attending until 1720. In 1710 he took over the contract to care for the clocks at the Tower of London from Thomas Tompion. A full account of his clocks and family is given in J. A. Neale, "Joseph and Thomas Windmills, Clock and Watch Makers 1671-1737", The Antiquarian Horological Society, 1999.
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