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John Streete


An exceptional marquetry longcase clock , remarkably original with fine marquetry and walnut veneers.

The case is constructed oak and has beautiful veneered marquetry and walnut panelling of the highest standards. The trunk door has a lenticle to view the pendulum bob and the case sits on it’s original base and elegant bun feet. The original rising hood sits on a convex throat moulding and has blind fretwork panelling above. It has barleytwist pillars which still show evidence of the original silver gilding to the capitals.

The dial is probably one of the earliest 11 inch dials to be made and displays all the features of 10inch dial clocks of the period. It has bolt and shutter maintaining power, cherub spandrels to the corners and an early silvered chapter ring and seconds ring. It is signed John Streete London on the dial below the 6 o’clock position. The original hands remain and are beautifully facetted and are exceptionally well made. The finely matted centre has a day of the month aperture.

The eight day movement sits has it’s original seatboard and locates on metal pins set into movement blocks which are sometimes seen with early clocks and may be particular to this maker. A retaining bracket holds the movement to the backboard. It has has five fine knopped and finned pillars, an anchor escapement and strikes the hours on a bell via an inside countwheel.  A typically early brass bob pendulum and brass cased weights complete the clock.

John Streete is listed as working in London in 1685. He was prosecuted by the Clockmakers Company for working when not a freeman. A month going longcase clock signed ‘John Street Londres’ was presented to his friend Abraham Martin who was a well known and accomplished engraver at the time.

Height 6ft 7in /202cm

Price SOLD