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A good quality Dutch mahogany eight-day longcase clock by Rutgerus van Meurs, Amsterdam.  The brass dial with a full calendar showing the date, day of the week, the month, and the moon position, all above a painted scene of Abraham about to sacrifice his son Issac.  Dutch strike with two bells, one striking the time on the hour and one striking the coming time on the half-hour.  Late 18th century.


Maker notes: Rutgerus van Meurs was born in Amsterdam on 9 June 1736, the son of Otto van Meurs and Elisabeth Potgieter. Like his father, he was a member of the well-known Amsterdam clockmaker family Van Meurs. Planisphere clocks by both Rutgerus and his father are known. However, Rutgerus mainly produced Amsterdam standing clocks, often featuring a musical automaton. He crafted turret clocks as well and pocket watches by his hand are also known. He is known for the high quality of his timepieces and his collaboration with the best painters and furniture makers.


Rutgerus van Meurs lived and worked at Utrechtsestraat 143 in Amsterdam. He married Elisabeth Moret in 1765. They had at least three children, but other sources mention as many as eleven. The clockmaker died on 25 July 1800 in Amsterdam, at the age of 62.


Height 99” excluding finials, 100” including finials (as placed in the photograph), width 24”, depth 14”.


Condition:  Almost all original; the movement, dial, and case are original to each other, all hardware is original, and the weights and pendulum appear to be too.  The finials, however, are not, and are missing the trumpets and one angel wing.  The movement is complete, but is untested.  The case is in need of restoration; the frets are damaged and incomplete, there is a missing piece of molding on upper right side of trunk, and a few small missing pieces of veneer pieces.  There is no door key.

A Dutch mahogany longcase clock, with full calendar, 18th century (Y07)

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