Daniel Delander was the most distinguished member of a long-active family of London clockmakers. Apprenticed in 1692 to Charles Halstead, he later became a journeyman assistant in the workshop of Thomas Tompion. By 1706 he had set up his own establishment in Devereux Court, Fleet Street. His clocks and watches are known for both their inventiveness and fine craftsmanship. This table clock, or bracket clock, as the type has been commonly called, is unusual owing to its large size and elegant proportions. The eight-day springdriven movement can be adjusted to strike the hours or remain silent.
Signature: Signed on dial: Dan: Delander / LONDON.
Signed on back plate of movement: Dan Delander / LONDON
[ sale, Christie's, London , December 9, 1971, no. 18; sold to Untermyer ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1971–73; bequeathed to MMA)
Artist: Clockmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)Date: ca. 1696Medium: Case: ebony veneered on oak with gilded- and silvered-brass fittings; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 64.101.867On view in:Not on view
Artist: Clockmaker: Daniel Delander (British, 1678–1733)Date: probably ca. 1720Medium: Case: oak veneered with burl walnut and walnut-herringbone inlay; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: gilded brass and steelAccession: 64.101.864On view in:Not on view