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A Rare Arabesque Marquetry Longcase Clock By Langley Bradley C1700


£14,950 | $19,906 USD | €16,939 EUR
Item Number: SA693691
Date of manufacture: 18th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Overton Clocks of Chesterfield ltd
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A rare and rather lovely Arabesque marquetry longcase clock c1700 by Langley Bradley (1687-)
Langley Bradley was apprenticed to Joseph Wise in 1687 and admitted to the Worshipful company of Clockmakers in 1695, he became Master in 1726. He was a very well respected clockmaker and when writing his book Dr Derham gained technical knowledge from Langley for his first edition of “Artificial Clockmaker” c1696
Langley Bradley (born in 1663) was also commissioned by Sir Christopher Wren to make the clock for St Paul’s Cathedral, which was later criticised by a government commission led by Sir Isaac Newton, whose own clockmaker won the right to replace the Bradley piece.
However, despite this set back Bradley’s career did not suffer too badly. Wren tried to get him appointed as official clockmaker to Queen Anne, but the Lord Chamberlain’s office blocked the appointment. So when this failed Wren helped the clockmaker win the commission for the new clock at Hampton court and also for the Admiralty building. Along with the external clock it is also known that a very similar longcase clock to this one resides in the Dean’s Vestry in St Pauls, an illustration is shown Fig 775 of “Old Clocks and Watches and their Makers” sixth Ed, F.J Britten. He also made the clocks for St Clement Danes (1721) and Cripplegate Church (1722)
It is known that King William III presented a fine watch by Langley Bradley to Sir Christopher Wren on completion of St Pauls Cathedral, it is now in the Soane museum
The totally handmade movement displays all the usual well made characteristics of London Clocks of this period. Without a doubt.. a clock in the late 17th century was only available to the very wealthiest in society and this clock has a few extra special features. The winding squares have been filed to produce a pleasing “cross” on the ends, the hand have not only been hand-cut, but also scalloped and profiled. Along side this, every spring, click, click spring and steel part has been shaped into pleasing curves that draw the eye. The fine, very well made movement clearly displays the techniques used to make these early clocks, the thick brass plates are hand beaten flat and highly polished. Interestingly, the front plate is not polished and still retains the initial marks and circles made by Langley over 300 years ago! One has to remember that these clocks were produced when there was no electricity, rail, canal or national road network and it’s a testament to the sheer skills these early Clockmaker’s had.
This particular clock is very well made and is featured in Cescinsky and Webster “English Domestic Clocks” fig 147.
The case has been carefully cleaned by me personally, I have carefully removed many years of wax, grime, dirt and dust to reveal its original high gloss shellac finish, this technique is very laborious but gives a finish as close as possible without “re-lacquering” the case and therefore reducing its originality. This has also revealed subtle colour changes in the individual marquetry pieces.
(NOTE- due to the current lockdown and this clock being in my personal collection I have taken these images at home without a professional photography set up. Although I have tried to photograph the clock as accurately as possible the initial photo is a little lighter than in real life (lighting issue). however the preceding images are a better representation. as soon as we are allowed to open our workshop I will re-photograph this clock -thankyou )
With over twenty five years experience in restoring and conserving clocks and working on some of the finest and complicated clocks for a select group of the best antique clock dealers in the country.
As well as this, Overton Clocks has now decided to offer our customers the opportunity to purchase fine antique clocks that have been personally selected for their unique or special features. Each clock has been expertly restored to the highest of standards by myself. Overton clocks ensures peace of mind in your investment, by personally offering three years warranty on all of our timepieces.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 18th Century.


Height = 240 cm (94.5")
Width = 42 cm (16.5")
Depth = 22 cm (8.7")

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Overton Clocks of Chesterfield ltd
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