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Clockmaker/By : John Clowes of London.
Duration: 8 Day.
Circa : Pre 1700.
Height : 88.5 inches excl central finial.
Exceptional quality walnut veneered floral and bird marquetry on oak carcase.
Nicely proportioned case with caddy top featuring floral panels with two birds in door.
3 flambeau gilded wooden finials to caddy (central one not shown).
Barley twist pillars to hood, quarter repeated at rear of hood with side windows.
Fret to hood below caddy.
Long 'D' edged trunk door with lenticel window and original lock.
Walnut veneered panel sections to trunk sides.
Replacement bun feet.
Width at widest point 19.25" (Hood)
11" brass dial with silvered chapter ring marked for outside minutes, half hours, quarter hours and seconds dial.
Cherub head style spandrels of the type introduced by Thomas Tompion.
Matted centre brass dial with salt box date aperture and ringed winding holes.
Typical well finished hands.
The dial is signed 'John Clowes Londoni'.
He was born about 1651, the brother of James Clowes and the son of John Clowes snr.. a nail maker of Odd Rode, Cheshire. He was made a Free Brother in the Clockmakers' Company January 1672/3 as a 'Great Clockmaker'.
In 1679 he is described as of St. Giles in the Fields and in 1680 he was of the Parish of St. Clement Danes, Middlesex. In 1684 he made a 'rich pendulum weekly clock' for the King for £25.(Charles 11)
His first marriage was to Ann Nettles in 1681, As a widower he was married again in 1688 aged 37 to Tabitha Taylor aged 23, the daughter of clockmaker Thomas Taylor and they had six children but all died in infancy. He was married thirdly in 1705 at St Martin in the Fields to Eleanor Caris who had property in Drury Lane and with who he made a marriage settlement.
From his father he retained a pew and seats in the parish church of Astbury, Cheshire. He became a Clockmakers' Company Assistant in 1708 and was to serve as Warden in but was indisposed and could not.
He died in 1717 aged about 66. Various types of clocks by him are known including longcase, lantern and bracket clocks and he used a variety of signatures:
Jno. Clowes Russell Street, Covent Garden.
John Clowes Londini fecit.
John Clowes London Fecit.
John Clowes near Covent Garden.
J Clowes Londini Fecit
Guarantee : 12 months.
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