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Longcase clock, William Threlkeld (1674-1750), London, c.1710, walnut with seaweed marquetry; gilt brass ball and spire finials; brass dial

Height: 254cm
Width: 51cm
Depth: 26cm

Museum number: XF92

Curatorial note

The hood with caddy top surmounted by three finials, with fretwork panel to the cornice, inset brass-capped columns to the front and half columns to the rear, glazed side panels, the trunk door with moulded frame and panels of seaweed marquetry, with conforming panel to the plinth base also raised on a late double foot, the 12 inch (30.5 cm.) square brass dial with cherub and urn spandrels to a silvered Roman and Arabic dial with elaborate sword-hilt half hour and cross half quarter hour markers, signed W. Threlkeld London, the matted centre with subsidiary seconds ring, ringed winding holes and with further engraving to the date aperture, blued steel hands (one a modern replacement), the eight-day movement with five pillars, anchor escapement and inside countwheel strike on bell.

William Threlkeld was born in County Durham and moved to London at the end of the 17th century. There is no record of when Soane acquired this longcase clock but it stood in a purpose-designed niche on the south wall of his bathroom in 1837, which is shown on the plan in the 1835 Description.

The case was restored by Spink Restoration in 1991. The clock was overhauled by Daniel Debois and Sons in 1955.

In 2015 this clock was reinstated in its original position in the recreated Bathroom as part of Phase 2 of Opening up the Soane.


If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk