A fine English arabesque marquetry longcase clock, John May, London, early 18th century. Fine marquetry detail in the Arabesque style, with marquetry on the top dome, hood pillars, and base molding, which is all original. Eight-day time and strike brass movement, with calendar.
John May is recorded in Britten's "Former Clock and Wathcmakers" and Baille's "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World" as having been admitted as a brother of the Clockmakers Company in London in 1692, and dying in 1738. A watch by John May is in the collection of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Height 96", width 19.5", depth 10.5"
Good condition with some age cracks, bubbling, and minor losses and filling to the marquetry. Packing to the seat board. The hood frets are later.
Comparisons: Three very similar clocks, with arabesque marquetry spread all over and dated around 1715, are pictured in "The Longcase Clock", by Tom Robinson, pages 108 and 109.
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