Mantel and Table Clocks

Musical table quarter striking clock

    Musical table quarter striking clock

    Great Britain, London

    Circa 1695

    Claudius Du Chesne

    Wood, metal, glass, steel, brass; carpentry and mechanical work, silvering, veneering, polishing

    Height 37.5 cm

    On mounting plate: “Claudius Du Chesne”, “Londini Fecit”


    Clock in oak wood case, walnut veneered, with cornice, arched top and gilded brass handle. Glazed doors with locks and ornately shaped onlays are on the case front and rear sides. Glazed windows are on lateral sides, rectangular apertures with slotted ornament, covered with fabric from the inner side are above them; a cord with tassel random activation of the musical movement is to the left. Gilded onlays in the form of cherubs with wings are on the brass dial surface corners. The clock dial is ring-shaped, silvered with repoussed central part, with an arc-shaped slot for the pendulum movement indicator and three apertures for winding the clock escapement, striking and the musical movement, with Roman numerals for hours’ designation and Arabic numerals for minutes’ designation in five divisions with two ornately shaped hands. The clockwork is pendulum with verge escapement, quarter strike, three fusees and spring motors. The hour strike is accompanied by the performance of a psalm on ten bells. Engraved foliage ornament and the maker’s signature: “Claudius Du Chesne”, “Londini Fecit” are on the mechanism mounting plate.