A GEORGE III EBONIZED JAPANNED LONGCASE CLOCK BY DANIEL KEELE OF SALISBURY
England circa 1770; dial signed "The Salisbury" & "Dan Keele Sarum"
Item # C103210
A very fine George III period black lacquer japanned longcase clock with a movement by Daniel Keele of Salisbury, it is a very fine presentation piece. The pagoda top is crested by three swollen bulb gilded finials, the domed door of the hood opening as a full unit including both flanking pillars to give access to the dial. In the arch of the face, a rocking ship is recessed within a silvered circular ring engraved The Salisbury, this surrounded by applied gilt rococo foliage that follows through in the spandrels surrounding the dial below. Pierced hour and minute hands rotate from a matted gilt center below an applied silvered nameplate engraved Dan Keele SARUM below a circular seconds dial, all enclosed within a Roman numeral chapter ring. The black lacquer ground of the body is finely polychromed with oriental figural scenes and gardens outlined in gilt framed panels throughout. It remains exceptional presentation piece.
Daniel Keele is discussed in Clocks & Clockmakers of Salisbury (Michael Snell, 1986) as being a somewhat exceptional clock maker, primarily due to the number of Act of Parliament clocks he produced. He is recorded to have started working as early as 1757 in Salisbury and is believed to have ceased operations around 1779. He partnered extensively with cabinetmakers, including makers who shared his Catherine Street premises. While he handled a complete line of clocks, the greatest number of examples were those with japanned cases, showing a certain preference he had towards this form of clock.
Provenance: Collection of a Private Maryland Collector; acquired from Raffety Fine Antique Clocks, London in 1996
Measurements: 20 1/4” W x 10” D x 99 1/4” H
Restorations. Loss and trace rust to rocking ship background. Some refreshing and inpainting to japanning/black lacquer; wear, craquelure and chipping throughout as expected. Movement seat board with numerous holes, movement appears to be original but not guaranteed. Movement is complete but untested and will need to be professionally serviced upon receipt. A very fine presentation.