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A fine and complex Dutch figured walnut longcase clock, by Daniel Perrin, Amsterdam, third quarter, 18th century.  The finely-engraved dial showing the phases of the moon, the date, and triangular aperatures for the day of the week and the month (both including the zodiac sign, a very finely-engraved pictorial representation, and the words spelled out).  In the arch is a painted sea-side town behind several rocking figures riding the moving waves of the sea, including three sailing ships, a row boat, and a warrior in a horse-drawn chariot.  The movement with two bells, striking the hour on a larger bell and the half-hour on a smaller bell.   The top with a figure of Atlas holding the world on his shoulders between two trumpeting angels.  The hood with fretwork on front and sides.  The curved trunk door with floral inlay over book-match veneers between carved edging, with a shaped brass lenticle.  The bombe base with florel inlay and lion paw feet.


Height 9'8" with finials (8'7" without finials).  Width 28" and depth 13" at lion paw feet.


The case in good condition overall, with some filled natural age cracks and minor repairs to the inlay.  The brass dial is in excellent, polished condition.  The paint in the arch and on the moon dial is original, but with noticable flaking on both.   The metal gold-painted finials are faithful reproductions.  The fretwork appears original, with only minor losses.  The movement is clean, with a note in the door showing it was serviced in 2006.  Dial and movement is original to the case, but with some shimming below the seat board due to sagging.


Daniel Perrin is recorded in "Nederlandse klokken-en horlogemakers vanaf 1300", by Enrico Morpurgo, as working in Amsterdam in 1742, with a known clock by him in the Catholic hospital in Breda Netherlands, circa 1770.


Note: For a pictoral guide to the stylistic development of the Dutch longcase clock, follow the following link (produced by clock dealers, Gude & Meis of Amsterdam):

Dutch longcase clock with full calendar & rocking ships automata, 18th c. (V40)

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