The burr walnut veneered case surmounted by a gilt handle above an inverted bell top. The front door with laid-on dial aperture mouldings flanked by pierced gilt-brass foliate engraved quarter frets. The sides with glazed shaped apertures below matching circular gilt-brass engraved frets, standing on four walnut moulded block feet.
7 by 9¾ inch breakarch dial with pendulum regulation ring above and strike/silent lever above XI. The plain Roman and Arabic silvered chapter ring flanked by gilt-brass foliate spandrels with a matted centre and mock pendulum below XII and signed on a silvered signature plate Dan. & Thos. Grignion, London over the date square. The steel hands well shaped and pierced.
Five baluster pillars, twin gut fusees, verge escapement with regulation over the backcock. Rack and snail striking with pull-quarter repeat cocked via an engraved pulley to the backplate. The movement fixed with two engraved brackets, the backplate engraved with scrolls and rinceax signed Dan:l & Tho:s Grignion, from the late Mr. Quare, London.
Private collection U.K.
Daniel & Thomas Grignion from the late Mr. Quare, London Circa 1745-50
A lovely George II burr walnut striking and pull quarter repeating table clock.
Daniel & Thomas Grignion
Daniel (b.1684?) and his son Thomas (b.1713) were not free of the clockmakers and thus appear to have worked outside of the strict rules enforced by them. Daniel was based close to Quare and worked in some capacity for him; it is testimony to Quare’s fame that over 20 years after his death in 1724, the Grignions were still making full use of the goodwill associated to his name. There is relatively little recorded work by the Grignion family but the existing clocks are of unusually high quality.