By Gude & Meis Antique Clocks


Place of Origin: The Netherlands
Material: Oak, burr walnut veneer
All Furniture: Clocks
Height: 270 cm
Condition: Very good
Period: Mid 18th Century
Date of manufacture: 1741
Creator: Gerrit Kramer

Contact info

Gude & Meis Antique Clocks

Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 60
1017 DH Amsterdam
The Netherlands

W: http://www.gudemeis.com/

The story

8-day movement with Dutch quarter striking, rare velvet covered dial, dated 1741.

The arched dial is covered with velvet which is quite rare for this period, one only sees this before 1700. The silvered chapter ring has Roman numerals and is signed Gerrit Kramer. In the centre of the dial there are next to the subsidiary seconds, apertures for date, day of the week and month indication. Also the hands are very rare in their finely pierced execution and made of silver. In the arch there is a well engraved moonphase with indication of the days of the lunar cycle and low- and high water.

Also in the execution of the movement there is more attention to detail than usual. A lot of parts have extra turning or steps. The movement needs to be wound every week (8-day) and is signed and dated on the backplate. One of the lever in the movement is also dated 1741. The clock will strike the hours fully on the large bell and the hours ahead on the small bell. On the quarters there is a single blow on one of the two bells. This is called Dutch quarter striking. There is allso an alarm which strikes on the large bell.

The case is made of oak and veneered with burr walnut. The execution of the case complements the exellent dial and movement. The fine carving on the hood and door together with the right proportions.