- Jul 18, 2021
So, recently I obtained this 18th century Dutch Longcase clock by Gerrit Ter Vooren, C. 1760. I am very excited as this kind of clock is very rare, but its rarity also poses some difficulty in finding information.
It has complications for the moon phase, date and seconds. There is a ship mechanism/theatrical cutout below the dial which is surrounded by four hand painted angels. I really would like to know the story being depicted here, the meaning of the figures, etc. I've yet to find a clock on the internet with the same display, though I have found similar ones. There is also a pendulem door displaying what looks like a trophy cup below a curtain, and some flower and bird inlays. Id like to know the meaning behind these and if they are related to ships somehow.
When the hood is removed there is a label on the side which has been worn so much it is no longer fully legible. I'm not sure if these labels have the names of people who purchased the clocks, if they were put there by the casemaker, or if they have some other meaning.
One of the bells (there are two), which is used for the alarm, was detatched when we got this clock. It has since been re-attatched but it had some lettering inside it which is also difficult to read.
I believe there used to be feet on the bottom and angel finials on the top based on all the other Dutch clocks i've seen but something must have happened to them at some point in this clock's life.
How rare were these clocks back in the 18th century? Were they always for sale or would you need to specially order one? How were these clocks made? How much did they cost?
If anybody has any information theyd like to share I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for taking the time to read my post Out of curiosity does anybody have a similar clock to mine? I wonder how many are left in the world...