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A good eight day, early 18th century longcase clock by the incredible maker 'Jacob Lovelace' of Exeter. Circa 1720.

A very collectable clock made by an incredibly talented and high sought after maker.

Stock No:   14354

The robust eight day duration movement has five finned pillars, an Anchor Recoil escapement and rack strikes the hours on a top-mounted bell.

It is behind an 11 3/4" square brass dial. The corners of which having cast brass 'Indian's head' spandrels and the silvered chapter ring has outer, Arabic fives with four diamond marks. The minute ring has downward arrow hour markings and the Roman hour numerals are separated with tricorn half hour marks. The inner quarter ring also has downward arrows at the hours. The matted centre has broad ringing to the winding and seconds holes and has a silvered subsidiary seconds chapter with Arabic fives and inner seconds ring to the upper portion. The lower portion has an elaborated square and chamfered calendar aperture with its original datework. This is below the incorporated trapezium shaped maker's plate bearing "Jacob Lovelace EXON". This has an engraved line border, a clam shell above it and floral fronds to the sides. Beneath the X and II numerals there are two doves in flight, carrying olive branches. The blued steel hands conform to the type and style of this dial and seem totally original.

Contained in a plainly constructed case that is fully decorated in finely executed and high quality Chinoiserie work with a dark red faux Tortoishell background. The flat top is moulded above a decorated frieze. The square, opening glazed hood door has cross-hatch and floral decoration and is flanked by two integral pillars with wooden capitals. The cavetto throat moulding is also decorated and the trunk framing has conforming designs to the hood door. The full-length rectangular trunk door has a moulded edge and circular glass lenticle and it's decoration is extremely good depicting oriental human figures, water scene and wading birds. The base which sits on a straight plinth is also suberbly decorated with a panelled area depicting a brace of game birds in a country setting. The sides of the case are decorated with panelled areas of floral designs.

* The maker of this clock is highly revered. There was an excellent article about his work published in the January 1979 issue of Clocks Magazine. A longcase clock made by him is featured in the article that is almost identical to this one other than it has a caddy top to the hood indeed, this clock may well  have originally also had one that has been later removed. Jacob Lovelace was best known for the masterpiece that he produced refered to as 'The Exeter Clock'.

The Exeter Clock appeared in a showroom in 1834 and caused a sensation. It was catalogued as (Lot 45) "The celebrated Exeter Clock, which has been exhibited to almost countless hundreds of Admirers during the present season and is accounted, at the far-famed city of Exeter, a combination of Mechanism so perfect and so wonderful as to be without a parallel".

Several weeks later an account was published in The Western Times which read "THE EXETER CLOCK - (formerly the property of Mr. Jas. Burt, of St. David's Hill - The celebrated piece of mechanism, formed upon the model of the clock of Straburgh, and which has been exhibited for several months past, at 209 Regent Street, was placed under the "superintending care" of that "Monarch of the Hammer", George Robins, for public competition... The room was crowded with connoisseurs in works of art, whose anxiety to possess this rare and splendid - indeed, we may say unique - specimen of mechanical power, was manifested during the biddings. The first bidding was two hundred guinneas, and after a lengthened and spirited competition this extra-ordinary proof of the science, ingenuity and persiverance of an English artist....was knocked down for six hundred and eighty guinneas...it is rumoured that it has been bought for his majesty William IV". This account gives one an idea of how talented the maker was and clocks and watches made by him are collected throughout the world.

Jacob Lovelace was thought to have been born in 1687 and he can be placed in Exeter in 1712 because he married Grace Rocket at St. Stephen's Church on the High Street then. They had eight children, five of which died at an early age. Their eldest surviving son, John, went on to become the vicar of Aylesbeare in Devon. Simple searches throw up lots of information about this maker and his exra-ordinary skill, it is easy to see why his clocks and watches are so collectable.

Dimensions:             86" high x 19" wide x 10" deep.

Circa:                        1720

Condition:                 Unrestored but in working order.

Price:                         £9,000. fully restored or £4,500. in it's present condition.

Jacob Lovelace' of Exeter. Circa 1720.
  • Jacob Lovelace' of Exeter. Circa 1720.
  • Jacob Lovelace' of Exeter. Circa 1720.
  • Jacob Lovelace' of Exeter. Circa 1720.
  • Jacob Lovelace' of Exeter. Circa 1720.
  • Jacob Lovelace' of Exeter. Circa 1720.
  • Jacob Lovelace' of Exeter. Circa 1720.
  • Jacob Lovelace' of Exeter. Circa 1720.
  • Jacob Lovelace' of Exeter. Circa 1720.
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