Queen Anne Tall Case Clock
Wow! Wow! WOW! Grandfather clocks with this level of marquetry are simply, beautiful. Furthermore, tall case clocks from the Queen Anne period are very rare. Standing 7’ 4 ¼” tall, this clock is a visual delight.
At first, my eye could not leave the door. I’m not sure if it was the circular glass window with its original brass ring or the marquetry but I couldn’t move. The marquetry is all hand inlaid and is French in style. This was very confusing because the form is very English. In addition, the secondary wood is English Oak. Awe struck and mystified, I moved on to the bonnet and the extensive marquetry at its cornice. My eye naturally drifted to the hand engraved, brass dial. Looking closely at the outside edge, I was amazed to see the level of hand work. This would have taken a lot of effort and is most unusual. It was after this that I noticed the name, Esaye Fleureau. He WAS a Frenchman! Of course!! Now where did he make the clock, I wondered? It would take just a little digging to discover that Long Acre is a street in Westminster in central London. Lastly, the face actually says “Esaye Fleureau Longacre Fecit”. Fecit is Latin and means “made”. The dial literally says, “Esaye Fleureau made on Long Acre Street in London” in modern English.
Moving on I began to examine the sides of the clock and saw the unusual inlay and rosewood veneer. That’s when I realized that the sides and some accents on the front are rosewood. Rosewood had to be imported and it was even more expensive at this point than it would be in the later 18th and early 19th centuries. This clock was truly made for someone important, and wealthy. Next, I looked closely at the feet. Even the feet are original. Lastly, I turned my eye to the works, weights, and pendulum. All of which, appear to be right. At this point, I was floating. What a find!
Today, the clock rests in my shop where we are going to perform a little maintenance on the works. It is very obvious that this clock hasn’t run in decades. We will break the works down, clean, polish, oil, and reassemble the works. More than likely, we will replate the chapter ring on the face but that isn’t certain yet. We will also put a bottom in the clock(the original is long gone). There is some minor inlay damage at the top of the door and near the bottom, left side. However, it is relatively minor. Once we are done this 8 day clock with be running and ready to go!
It is 7’ ¼” tall. At the base it is 17 ¼” wide and 9 1/8” deep. At the bonnet, it is 20 ¼” wide and 10 5/8” deep. Queen Anne. Made Long Acre Street in London, Circa 1710.
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