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Longcase Clock by William Carter of Cambridge and London

The period between 1680 and 1720 was a high-point for the use of marquetry in English furniture, particularly in the decoration of longcase clocks.

We have for sale an example, which displays many of the most attractive features of these clocks, starting with its relatively small size (‘just’ 6ft 8”), which means that the average man can look the dial straight in the eye, rather than craning his neck!

The oak carcass is veneered overall walnut, with the marquetry concentrated in three shaped panels on the door, plus a square panel on the base. The pattern consists of flowers and stylised foliage, with a scattering of birds. There is extensive use of pen work to provide the fine detail. Where once there would have been bright, even vivid contrast between the boxwood inlay and the walnut ground, this has now mellowed to a very satisfying patina of graduated colours.

Little is known of William Carter beyond the fact that (unusually for a provincial maker) he graduated to London and that his watches were of sufficiently high quality to be found in the Dennison and Evan Roberts collections.

Our clock dates from Carter’s Cambridge period, around 1710.


 
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