Miniature longcase clock with calendar

Clockmaker: Daniel Quare British
Clockmaker: Stephen Horseman British
Firm of Quare and Horseman British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 509

Miniature longcase clocks are rarities: this one, which runs for a month on a single winding, is rarer still. The case barely accommodates the exceptionally heavy weights required by the long duration of the clock, and the door to the trunk had to be hollowed out to provide room for their free descent. The hour hand is a modern replacement. Daniel Quare (1649–1724), a Quaker probably born somewhere is Somerset, England, was admitted to the London Clockmakers’ Company in 1671. Described as a “great clockmaker” at the time of his admission, he was probably second only to Thomas Tompion among his contemporaries. Steven Horseman (d. 1740) became Quare’s apprentice in 1701 and his partner in 1718.

Miniature longcase clock with calendar, Clockmaker: Daniel Quare (British, 1647/49–1724), Case: walnut and oak veneered with walnut and figured walnut; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: gilded brass, steel, British, London

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