Stock No.

Exhibit No.26


8 feet 6 inches (2591 mm)


The flat top German purpose-made case with brass mouldings around the scarlet turtleshell Boulle inlay with Berainesque première partie brass and pewter marquetry, pierced brass sound frets to the frieze above brass capped Doric columns, concave throat mouldings, the rectangular trunk door with brass edge moulding and glazed wheatear-moulded lenticle, the matching Boulle inlaid plinth raised on an extended skirting with two bun feet at the front but none at the rear; its heavy weights always ensuring the case is supported against the wall behind.


The 14 inch (355 mm) square gilt-brass dial signed Dan. Quare London on the silvered chapter ring, blued steel hands, the minute hand counterpoised, the matted centre with low and typically ring-turned winding holes, urn-and-scroll spandrels


The massive 8 by 10 inch (203 by 254 mm) movement with six ring turned baluster pillars, typical of Quare’s workshop, with individual sub-assemblies for both seven-wheel trains, the going with anchor escapement, strike train governed by an external rack to the front plate.


One year


Sotheby’s, London. 20 November 1936, lot 92, the property of a lady;
G H Bell, Winchester, 1971;
Christie’s, 7 October 1987, lot 121;
Island Auction Rooms, 7 August 2008, sold for £282,300;
The John C Taylor Collection, inventory no.179


Antiquarian Horology September 1971, G H Bell advert on back cover;
Garnier & Hollis, Innovation & Collaboration, 2018, illustrated p.358-9