Marquetry Longcase Clock
Thos. Wheeler Londini Fecit.
An extremely fine and rare JamesII/William and Mary Period Marquetry Inlaid Walnut Longcase Clock of attractive small size with rising, domed hood, the hour striking 8-day movement with 5 pillars and outside count wheel, the 10” square dial with cherub’s head spandrels, subsidiary seconds dial, matted dial centre, ringed wind holes and chamfered calendar aperture flanked by ebonised columns and borders of floral marquetry.
The trunk door is also inlaid with panels of bird and floral marquetry and an oval lenticle glass, the convex cross grain mouldings between the trunk and hood as well as the trunk and base are early forms, the base with a conforming panel of bird and floral marquetry and all raised on flat,turned bun feet.
Provenance: Available on request.
Lit: The Wetherfield Collection: Fig 55 a comparable marquetry Longcase Clock by this maker. He is listed as having been apprenticed to Nicholas Coxeter as early as 1647 and was admitted to the freedom of The Clockmaker’s Company in 1655. He served as master of the Clockmaker’s Company in 1684 at around the time he made this clock. A Lantern Clock of his make bears the inscription “Thomas Wheeler, near the French Church in Londini”. He died in 1694
See also Britten’s Old Clocks and Watches and their makers;
English Domestic Clocks, Cescinsky and Webster.