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Daniel Quare & Stephen Horseman, London
A VERY FINE GOLD QUARTER REPEATING PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1719, NO. 991
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 50,000 GBP
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Daniel Quare & Stephen Horseman, London
A VERY FINE GOLD QUARTER REPEATING PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1719, NO. 991
Estimate
30,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Celebration of the English Watch, Part III, The Genius of Thomas Tompion

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Daniel Quare & Stephen Horseman, London
A VERY FINE GOLD QUARTER REPEATING PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1719, NO. 991
Movement: gilded full plate movement, verge escapement, decoratively pierced and floral engraved balance cock with a shell at the neck, flat three-arm balance with spring, fusee and chain, turned pillars, polished steel hammers repeating on a bell to the inside case back, signed and numbered Quare & Horseman, London, 991, gilt metal dust cap signed Quare & Horseman, London
• Dial: gold champlevé dial, Roman numerals with half hour divisions between and to the ring below, outer Arabic minute ring, blued steel beetle and poker hands, the centre with banners signed Quare & Horseman, London
• Cases: gold inner case pierced for sound emission and decoratively engraved with foliage inhabited by birds and dolphins, a youth's head to the base, possibly Phoebus Apollonumbered 991 beneath the pendant, beneath the bell with maker's mark SL.IL for Sarah Jaques and John Lee and numbered 991 • gold outer case, the pierced band composed of four pierced and chased panels interspersed by four portrait busts one possibly representing Homer, the bezel with four floral medallions between pierced panels, plain central reserve surrounded by embossed shells, flowers, grapes and scrolls, pulse piece to the bezel between 6 and 7 o'clock, maker's mark struck three times AR conjoined in outline cameo, probably for Adam Roumieu the Younger  
diameter of outer case 50 mm, inner case 43 mm
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Provenance

Richard Bevan, Rector of Abberley (1970s)
Christie’s London, 7th October 1987, lot 16

Exhibited

Hartlebury Museum, Worcestershire, 1968-1987

Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 170, pl. 93

Catalogue Note

When this watch was sold at Christie’s in 1987, the catalogue noted that, according to family tradition, this watch was originally owned by Silvanus Bevan F.R.S. (1691-1765). The watch subsequently passed to Silvanus’s nephew also called Silvanus then through two Richards and two Roberts and finally Richard Bevan, Rector of Abberley who lent the watch to the Hartlebury Museum in Worcestershire from 1968-1987 before its sale at Christie’s.

Like the elder Silvanus Bevan, Daniel Quare was also a Quaker and Quare’s daughter Elisabeth was married to Silvanus. The wedding of Silvanus and Elisabeth Quare was quite a society affair and even the Prince and Princess of Wales were due to attend, however, the Prince and Princess sent their apologies the night before the wedding since a Parliamentary ruling “forbade attendance by the royal family at dissenting places of worship” [see Jagger, C. Royal  Clocks, 1983, p.48]. Nevertheless, many important figures did attend the wedding, including the Duchess of Marlborough and the Venetian Ambassador and his wife – and although the Princess was unable to attend the wedding itself, she did attend the dinner which followed [see op. cit. pp. 47-48]. A Bevan family tradition had stated that the watch was given to Silvanus by Quare on the occasion of his marriage to Quare’s daughter Elisabeth in 1715. However, although this cannot be true as the watch had not yet been made and Elizabeth died in 1718, it does seem unlikely that Silvanus would have carried a watch by any other maker than Quare.

For a note on Daniel Quare and his repeating watches see lot 18.

 

Celebration of the English Watch, Part III, The Genius of Thomas Tompion

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