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Antique William & Mary period walnut and marquetry longcase clock by Carolus Cabrier, London


A fine William and Mary walnut and marquetry longcase clock by this well- known London clockmaker.

The well-proportioned case has cross grain mouldings throughout and walnut panelled sides. The trunk door and matching base panel have beautifully executed marquetry panels , each depicting flowers inhabited by birds and figurines with outstretched arms.
The flat-top hood with overhanging cornice is flanked by gilt capped barley twist columns.

The 11in square dial is surrounded by cherub and foliate spandrels and there is a silvered chapter ring with individually numbered minutes. The dial is signed ‘Carolus Cabrier Londini fecit.’

The five-pillar movement is of 8-day duration and has an inside-countwheel for the hour strike on a bell.


circa 1690


Provenance: This clock was purchased from the same family who have owned it since 1937, when it was purchased from George Neilson Antique dealer of Holyrood Square, Edinburgh. The original receipt is sold with the clock.


*Charles Cabrier (I) was the first of perhaps three generations of clockmakers of this name. He was admitted to the Clockmakers’ Company by redemption in 1697/8. He was married at least twice, first to a Rebecca, sometime before 1708/9, with whom he had at least two children, including Charles (II), who was apprenticed to him in 1717. He married secondly Mary Fenwick in 1713, and had further children (including another son named Charles, born 1714). Charles (I) appears to have worked at the Dial, Tokenhouse Yard in the parish of St Mary’s Lothbury in the City, where he was eventually buried in 1736. His will, dated 13 July, 1736, can be seen in the National Archives, Kew.

His son Charles (II), who was free of the Clockmakers’ in 1726, was active in the Clockmakers’ Company and became Master in 1759. He seems to have worked near to the Royal Exchange. He continued to make fine clocks into the 1770s, and died in 1776, leaving a substantial estate to his surviving children Charles (III), also probably a clockmaker, and daughter Rebecca.

Reference: NR4711
Date: circa 1690
Width: 47.00cm (19 inches)
Height: 208.00cm (82 inches)
Depth: 25.00cm (9.84 inches)

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