DANIEL QUARE, London, c1700

  DANIEL QUARE, London, c1700

An extremely rare and important three-train, month duration longcase clock by the eminent maker Daniel Quare.  The movement is contained in a fine burr walnut veneered case of outstanding colour and patination.  The case is typical of the important cabinets used by Tompion and Quare at the height of their careers, demonstrated by the fact that even the columns flanking the hood have been veneered.  The caddy top with sound fret includes three flambeau finials, probably replacements but of the finest quality. 

The 12 inch (30 cm) square brass dial is mounted with cherub and foliage spandrels, a silvered chapter ring and seconds ring.  There is an aperture to the matted centre to view the day of the month and three ringed winding holes.  The elaborate, blued steel hands are finely pierced and faceted. 

Whereas month durationmovements are rare, three-train month duration movements are extremely rare.  In this instance, it has been built to the highest standard, with the quarters sounded on a small bell and the hours on a larger bell via an outside locking plate.  As in the best clocks of this period, there is an aperture on the backplate for withdrawal of the pallets of the movement. 

Daniel Quare was a worthy contemporary of Thomas Tompion.  Born in 1647 he was admitted as a Brother of the Clockmakers’ Company in1671 and served as Master in 1708.  Towards the latter part of his career he went into partnership with Stephen Horseman who had been apprenticed to him.  When Daniel Quare died in 1724, Horseman carried on the business until 1733.

Height: 100 in (254 cm)

Clockmaker: DANIEL QUARE, London
Circa: 1700
Stock Number: 4113
Height: 100 inches (254 cm.)