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Late 17th century, eight day longcase clock with an eleven inch dial and in a black chinoisserie case. Circa 1695.

A good looking early provincial longcase clock.

Stock No:   14340

The eight day duration, five finned pillar movement (one latched) with Anchor recoil escapement and internal countwheel striking on a bell. It has nice original and early features such as a front-mounted centre wheel and original shaped wheel collets also, tall plates, crossed front winding arbors and fine steelwork. It is actually a fine movement.

Behind an eleven inch square brass dial. The matted centre has ringed winding and seconds holes and scroll engraving around the chamfered square date aperture. Having a silvered subsidiary seconds ring with inner divisions and outer Arabic fives. The main chapter ring has an inner quarter ring, outer minute ring with Arabic fives, tall Roman hour numerals and cruciform half hour markings. The lower section being signed "Harvey Havelland" (of) "Corff Castle" (Now Corfe Castle in Dorset). The corners having William and Mary design twin cherub and crown cast brass spandrels.

Contained in an early example of a black chinoiserie pine case that originally had a rising hood, it is now sliding but has not had the front converted into a door. The flat top has a substantial moulding over a simple painted panel which sits over a smaller moulding. The glazed front has wooden three quarter integral pillars with cotton reel finials. The hood sides have large rectangular glazed apertures. The trunk throat has a convex moulding and the door is somewhat shorter than usual. It has half-round edge moulding and the centre has a thick glass 'bull's eye' lenticle edged again with half-round moulding. It also has its original lock and hinges. The top base moulding is concave and the panelled base is mounted on a moulded top straight plinth. The front and sides are well covered with flat chinoiserie of unusually fine quality.

* Harvey Havelland is unlikely to have been a Clockmaker and he was descended from the landed gentry. To date I have seen three examples of clocks bearing his signature - from three different periods of time. He lived in Corfe Castle and probably enjoyed his name being placed on objects that he owned. I have a copy of the Havelland family tree dating back to 1467.

** This is an intriguing clock that begs questions such as Who was the maker, why was it signed Havelland and where was it made? It is one of the earliest chinoiserie longcase clocks that I have seen and it exudes charm, character and history. The condition of such an early pine case is excellent and has even managed to survive a severe attack of historical woodworm without being destroyed.

Dimensions:                          80" high x 19" wide x 10" deep.

Circa:                                     1690.

Condition:                              Movement and dial excellent and well maintained, case preserved.

Price:                                      £9,250.00 when overhauled and repaired.

Early Longcase clock  signed harvey Havelland of Corfe Castle, Dorset.
  • Early Longcase clock  signed harvey Havelland of Corfe Castle, Dorset.
  • Early Longcase clock  signed harvey Havelland of Corfe Castle, Dorset.
  • Early Longcase clock  signed harvey Havelland of Corfe Castle, Dorset.
  • Early Longcase clock  signed harvey Havelland of Corfe Castle, Dorset.
  • Early Longcase clock  signed harvey Havelland of Corfe Castle, Dorset.
  • Early Longcase clock  signed harvey Havelland of Corfe Castle, Dorset.
  • Early Longcase clock  signed harvey Havelland of Corfe Castle, Dorset.
  • Early Longcase clock  signed harvey Havelland of Corfe Castle, Dorset.
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