Lot 373
  • 373

Daniel Quare: A rare gilt-brass mounted ivory pillar barometer, London, circa 1700

40,000 - 60,000 GBP
121,250 GBP
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  • Ivory, brass, mercury
concealed tube with silvered plates engraved on one side with English weather indications and on the reverse with French, the upper rectangular casing with central finial flanked by two further finials for controlling the recorders, folioate engraving to the sides and with wheatear borders, mounted above a revolving suspension loop and box section similarly engraved and signed Invented and Made by D Quare, London and Faits Portatiss par D Quare A Londres, the ivory pillar divided into four sections by gilt-brass collars, the lower collar with engraved band supporting four folding herm feet, the underside of the cistern with a plate engraved with foliate scrolls and the initials F E

Catalogue Note

Daniel Quare, a celebrated clock and watch maker, was born in Somerset in 1647 and became a Free Brother of the Clockmakers' Company in 1671, Warden in 1705 and Master in 1708. He was a strict Quaker and refused to accept the perstigious position of Clockmaker to George I on account of not wishing to take the Oath of Allegiance. He died in 1724 whilst on a visit to Croydon and is buried in the Quaker burial ground at Bunhill Fields, Finsbury.

In 1695 Daniel Quare obtained a patent for portable barometers and all of his barometers have either walnut or ivory cases. A similar example is in the City of Gloucester Museum.  An ivory barometer by Quare with an identical base and stand is in the Royal Collection at Hampton Court Palace. The barometers of Quare are discussed and illustrated in detail in Nicholas Goodison English Barometers 1680-1860, pp.206-221. See also Edwin Banfield Barometers, Stick or Cistern Tube, pp.18-26 and fig.17.