Walnut Grandfather Clock by John Berry of London
An unusually small 18th century London Grandfather clock with very well figured walnut veneers.
The 8 day duration 5 pillar movement striking the hours on a bell and with recoil anchor escapement. The full brass dial with a separate silvered brass chapter ring, finely matted centre, seconds, date and strike/silent facility to the arch. The makers name of John Berry of London signed to a silvered brass oval cartouche. Also with well cut blued steel hands. The small walnut veneered case with book matched veneer to the trunk door and base. Extensive cross-grained mouldings throughout and with the rare use of flame veneered walnut to the sides of the case. The base with a substantial double plinth. The hood with plain walnut pillars, brass Doric capitals and also with quarter pillars to the rear of the hood and glass panels to the sides. The flat top with intricate blind sound frets to the front of the hood.
Note: Born in 1670, John Berry was apprenticed to the eminent maker John Ebsworth in August 1684 and was Free in April 1692. He is known to have worked at the Dial in St. Clements Lane, Lombard Street. He was Assistant to the Clockmakers Company in 1717, Warden in 1720 and Master in 1723.
Price: £14,500 / Height: 6'11½" / C.1735