Windmills Green Lacquer Chinoiserie Longcase Grandfather Clock An impressive piece in remarkeable original condition

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Seller: clockbuster (670) 100%, Location: Sheffield, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 264092145197 WINDMILLS GREEN LACQUER CHINOISERIE LONGCASE GRANDFATHER CLOCK Click images to enlarge Description Joseph Windmills (c1640-1724), was an eminent London watch- and clockmaker who, with his son Thomas, produced outstanding timepieces between 1671 and 1737. This is a particularly fine and impressive 8 day Chinoiserie longcase clock by signed Windmills circa 1720 Joseph was born around 1640/1650 and his origins are uncertain. In his first years as clockmaker, his workshop was located in St Martin's Le Grand, and his house was in Blow Bladder Street, before moving to Mark Lane End in Tower Street in 1687. In 1699 he was elected as the youngest Warden of the Clockmakers' Company, and sat on committees alongside Thomas Tompion, preceding him as Master of the Company in 1702. His son Thomas completed his apprenticeship, subsequently working as a journeyman, and free of the Clockmakers' Company in about 1695. Thomas also served as Master of the Company, in 1718. The partnership J & T Windmills also took over Thomas Tompion's clock maintenance contract at the Tower of London and at Woolwich and other Crown contracts.[1] Windmills was regarded as one of the finest clockmakers in seventeenth century London, producing a large number of lantern clocks, bracket clocks, longcase clocks and pocket watches. His earliest watch, displayed in the British Museum, was made before 1680 and did not make use of a balance spring. Thomas Tompion's sprung balance transformed the pocket watch from ornamental item into an accurate timepiece. Joseph's last recorded attendance at the Court of the Clockmakers' Company was on 24 October 1723, ending a membership of more than thirty-two years. He died in 1724, having spent fifty-two years at his trade. Thomas then ran the company until his death in 1737. Thomas died childless and thus was the last of the Windmills' male line. This particular clock was sourced privately from a collector who has owned this clock for for 25 years and the condition is quite remarkable when you consider how delicate chinoiserie Chinese lacquer can be . The case was expertly cleaned and waxed by an expert conservator which revealed the most wonderful finish which is very well detailed of excellent colour with a dark green background . Many of the oriental scenes are highlighted in high relief and it is in as good a condition as anyone good possibly expect. The images provide a good indication of the item but I would recommend a personal visit as the clock is actually much nicer in real life. The clock is also decorated down the sides but not in high relief or in so vivid colours as used on the front. The caddy pediment is original and has side windows so that the movement can be seen The 13 inch arched brass arched dial with silvered chapter ring signed by the maker has a matted centre and ringed winding holes with wheat ear engraving around the edge of the dial and Windmills typical date feature in the arch. It has a brass strapped pendulum and bob together with brass cased weights The very substantial 5 finned pillar movement of 8 day duration is of the finest London quality and displays typical Windmills features such as the back cock and double detent on the strike train . It strikes the hours on a bell The mechanism is shown as dirty as acquired but the movement will be professionally restored by Overton Clocks of Chesterfield who's work is exemplary and will be sold with a three year guarantee and free delivery and set up to England Wales and the Scottish lowlands at the full asking price This clock is 8ft 3 inch tall (approx) 18 1/2 inches at its widest point , 13 inches wide at the trunk and 9 1/4 inches deep. If a lesser offer is accepted it will be considered a trade sale with the clock sold as described with shipping / collection the responsibility of the buyer. I will ship the clock worldwide Guesstimate shipping rates are as follows Europe £400 USA £700 Asia and Australia £900 Payment All good must be paid for in full prior to shipping. Domestic buyers are asked to use alternative methods of payment to Pay Pal if at all possible Wire transfers are welcomed from all countries. Shipping Ebay now charge 10% on shipping plus Pay Pal fees.These charges will be added to the shipping costs.All goods will be shipped within five days of payment. Collection is available by prior arrangement All goods paid using Pay pal will only be shipped to the pay pal confirmed address All goods will be shipped by courier ie UPS,DHL,Fed Ex or similar and will be tracked and signed for.I will not ship unless it is tracked and signed for. If you wish to use your own courier I will do all I can to assist. I only charge actual costs incurred for shipping BUT I will use a large box with plenty of packing to avoid damage and this will make shipping (particulary to foreign countries) a little more expensive due to volumetric weight. Custom made boxes,bubble wrap and peanuts all cost money and the cost of these materials will be added to the cost of shipping.For example a Vienna wall clock costs me £15 in materials.I do not charge for my time for packing. Every care will be taken when packing but no liability will be accepted for damage by the couriers and it must be remembered that it is virtually impossible to guarrantee 100 percent that a peice of glass may not be damaged on the odd occasion. Insurance is a difficult and expensive area with respect to antiques and usually has a low ceiling that is why I use recognised tracked and signed for couriers and do not insure seperately.If you wish to seperately insure your item I will do all I can to assist but the responsibility to arrange the said insurance is with the buyer Terms of Sale It is requested that all buyers contact me within 24 hours and pay in full within 7 days unless a prior arrangement is made Please do not agree to buy something unless you intend to pay. Goods will not be despatched unless paid for in full. If you see a listing when you are financially indisposed the speak to me as we can probably arrange something to our mutual satisfaction. I have no intention whatsoever rip my customers off and I ask that any buyers afford me the same courtesy. Reputations take a lifetime to build and can be lost overnight. I want my customers to be happy and return time and time again so if you are dissatisfied in any way please get in touch. About Us I am an established purveyor of fine antique clocks and barometers with over 25 years experience dealing primarily with the trade and serious collectors who seek quality items on original condition. Customer satisfaction is paramount and I endeavour to be as honest and straighforward as possible in both my descriptions and the way business is conducted. Over the years I have supplied many of the top retail dealers in the world and have been involved in collectors finding those allusive additions to their collections. I have been reluctent to get involved with the modern world of E commerce dealing but it is obviously the way forward and I feel there are opportunities for someone who conducts their business with integrity. I also undertake commissions to sell and purchase clocks and barometers on behalf of clients on a percentage basis.Confidentiality is asssured. I also have worldwide contacts who have access to the finest items of a quality which do not appear on E bay and if you are looking for a particular item the please get in touch as I may well be able to help.All I ask is not to waste my time as I most certainly wont waste yours. Should you find one of my items when you are financially indisposed then please get in touch as I am sure that we can make a mutually beneficial agreement. Contact Us If you have any queries then please contact us at sellingantiques.co.uk/steammill where you will find the details you require Images sell! 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