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Richard Colston

RICHARD COLSTON, LONDON c. 1690-1695

An exceptional and rare month duration marquetry longcase clock.

The case is an early example of the use of ‘all over’ marquetry veneers. The marquetry is of a very high quality with typical bird and flower patterns. The trunk door has a brass edged oval lenticle to view the pendulum bob and the case sits on it’s original base with elegant bun feet. The hood has a convex throat moulding typical of the period and has the unusual use of straight elm pillars to the sides.

The 11 inch dial has a beautifully engraved rose to the centre, ringed winding holes and an elaborately engraved cartouche to the date aperture. It features and early chapter ring with ornate half hour markers and a minute track to the outer edge. It has a seconds ring above and early well cast cherub spandrels to the corners. The hands are beautifully facetted and are exceptionally well made. It is signed Ric.Colston London.

The rare month duration movement has five finely knopped and finned pillars an anchor escapement and strikes the hours on a bell via an outside countwheel. It sits on it’s original seatboard and a retaining bracket holds the movement to the backboard. The original early brass bob pendulum and brass cased weights complete the clock.

Richard Colston was a notable and highly regarded early London maker. He is listed as working from 1682-1709 with clocks and watches remaining in several private collections. We also have a beautiful small early bracket clock by Colston.

The clock is fully restored and represents the highest qualities of London workmanship.

 

Height 6ft 8in /204cm

 

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