A DUTCH MID 18th. C LONGCASE CLOCK with SHIP AUTOMATON

Fine engraved silvered chapter ring with foliate pierced border, and foliate pierced hands.
Subsidary seconds and apertures for date, day, month and moonphase.
Polychrome painted theatrical opening below flanked by deites showing the ship automaton
With connection to the going train of the anchor movement with trip repeating rack Dutch quarter strinking on alternating bells.
Exceptional good walnut veneered case, the bell top hood surmounted by a gilt wood Atlas
(Indeed a very Dutch popular feature on 18th Century clocks, as a symbol of power, might, and successful in trading and merchantship over many parts of the world especcilally concerning the sea ( VOC and so on.) and two angels throuhout adorned with extremely rare well engraved pierced brass frets, showing flowers, scrolls and personifications at both sides of the upper part op these clock.
They are representing the five Senses inspired of a compilation of angravings by Bérain and even more by Daniël Marot.

Arched glazed door flanked by engraved brass capped pilasters, representing the Seven Dutch
Provinces, the canted corners of the trunk adorned with carving, long shaped door with
Chequered inlaid banding and a Chronos Lenticle, moulded double bombé base with further
Chequered inlay, moulded plinth with further carving raised on claw feet.

The first owner of this clock must have been a dog lover as well because there is a dog’s head seen in the carved rocaille in the upper part of the domed bases of the clock.
It is very well know that the shipowners specialised in hunting an shooting in Greenland on
Whale’s were all wealthy and prosperous, and lived in beautilul canal houses in Amsterdam.

Clocks whith whaling ships automaton mechanism are always popular, but
This clock is much better in qualily of the movement, and case, and especially all the finely engraved features, as well as the theatrical paiting under the silvered chapter ring, than usual.
The three carved and gilt limewood figures are all original, but the gilding is of recent date.

The mechanism and movement are well taken care after, and in full function.
It is planned to show this clock again of the Tefaf Fair in Maastricht in march 2014.

Salomon Stodel Antiquaires, declares this clock genuine antique and original and made in the
Time indicated above.

Maker: Joh. Elias.

Ca. 1750.

Height: 299 cm inclusive Atlas.

Burr walnut veneered on oak.