Christopher Gould, London.
A rare Charles II walnut hooded wall clock with pull quarter repeat by this sought after maker. The six inch square brass dial with finely matted centre, floral engraving between the cherub spandrels and silvered chapter ring singed Christopher Gould London. Sculpted blued steel hands. The timepiece movement with baluster turned pillars, verge escapement with bob pendulum and pull quarter repeating on two bells. The walnut veneered case with rising hood, cushion top and carved scrolled brackets.
Date c 1690
Christopher Gould was made a Free Brother in the Clockmakers' Company in 1682. In 1697 he signed the Clockmakers' Company oath of allegiance. In 1701 he worked near the east corner of the Royal Exchange. He was Beadle of the Company in 1713 but by then was receiving a charity pension which continued until his death in 1718. A prolific maker, a number of small walnut longcase clocks have been recorded with pull quarter repeating, it may be that these clocks were for bedroom use hence their small scale and pull repeat striking.
This clock is illustrated in Herbert Cescinsky The Old English Master Clockmakers. 1938. P. 85 Fig. 125.
Another later example by Christopher Gould in an arabesque marquetry case was exhibited at the Horological Masterworks in 2003 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Antiquarian Horological Society and is illustrated in the catalogue on page 178 Exhibit 39.
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