A wonderfully original month duration marquetry longcase clock with 11inch dial signed “Jonathan Lowndes Pall Mall”. This beautifully proportioned longcase clock is extremely elegant, It has been very well looked after and therefore is in fabulous condition for its age whilst still flaunting its wonderful patina.
The elegant and well proportioned 11” square brass dial is understated with a finely matted centre and ringed winding holes.
The silvered brass chapter ring with minutes within sectors and small fleur de lys half hour markers. Kite shaped date sector at “XII” enclosed by restrained engraving and script numbers. Fine foliate cherub head spandrels, fire gilded to each corner of the dial. Lower dial plate signed in script; ” Jonathan Lowndes, Pall Mall.” Original fine blued steel hands with the minute hand being exceptionally slim and well formed, the hour hand has extended loops of shallow depth with a turned central boss.
This stunning month duration weight driven clock movement is held together by five latched baluster pillars with and featuring the anchor escapement. The small external count wheel and escape wheel are typical of the high quality clocks of its era. The bridgeless motion work uses lifting pieces to operate the cannon wheel. The hammer strikes the bell on the hour to a bell and the clock has retained its original weights and pendulum.
The stunning walnut veneered case is cross-banded with strung panels to the sides and inlaid with teardrop panelled floral marquetry to the long door. The panels are veneered with floral marquetry and feature stylized acanthus and birds against an ebony ground. The long door features a circular lenticle to allow the pendulum bob to be viewed. The construction of the hood follows normal practice, however it has been altered slightly to allow the hood door to open outwards rather than the original rising hood. This is very common practice and is converted because a rising hood is usually unsuitable for modern homes with low ceilings. The decorative marquetry window frame set behind the ebonised beech twist columns contrasts the simple cushion moulding below the hood. Sound holes in the frieze have restored frets over silk. The seat board has the original spikes to hold the movement in place.
Jonathon Lowndes was born in 1656 in Cheshire, by age 23 he was married at Martin in the Fields, London. A year later in 1680 he was made free of the Clockmakers’ Company and by 1696 he was made a Steward. In 1683 he worked at The Dial in Pall Mall and later shared a premise in St James’s with his brothers, (including Charles & Samuel). He made clocks of all types to an incredible standard and many of his clocks were included in the Wetherfield Collection.
- Currently – Private collection, UK
- Purchased from a well established clock dealer
Height: 79″ or 201cm
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J. C. Collection
The J. C. Collection is one mans collection of fine antique clocks based in the county of Bedfordshire.
A highly respected horologist and a Fellow of The British Horological Institute, James has held many horological positions of high esteem working for contracts with H. M. Government to the The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
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