A Dutch burr walnut marquetry inlaid longcase quarter striking alarm clock with automaton, Johannes du Chesne, third quarter 18th century
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36-cm polychrome painted dial, engraved chapter ring with Roman numerals signed Johannes du Chesne, Amsteldam, pierced hands, sweep seconds and alarm disc, apertures in the center for date, day, month and moonphase, a landscape below with figures playing musical instruments with connection to the going train of the anchor movement with trip repeating Dutch quarter striking on two alternating bells, alarm on a bell, quality burr walnut veneered case, bell top surmounted by a carved fret, waisted glazed door with foliate carved surround, canted trunk, door with foliate marquetry inlay and foliate carved border, basket lenticle, moulded bombed base with similar inlay raised on ball and claw feet
Johannes du Chesne is recorded working in Amsterdam in 1760. Lit.;Enrico Morpurgo, Nederlandse Klokken- en Horloge makers vanaf 1300, pp. 26.