Exquisite Irish longcase by John Goodfellow, Dublin. Circa 1780.
This Goodfellow longcase clock is unique and important on two counts. The first being the elaborate marquetry decorating the case, inlaid into solid mahogany. This in itself is quite a feat of execution. We believe this to be the work of a north German or Dutch immigrant. The case is unsigned, which is sadly the norm but relates very clearly to work which is on display in the Dansk Museuum. The second and possibly the more interesting historically, is the arch dial, which displays a rocking ship feature. The artwork in this automatum is extremely intact. The insignia to the ships stern is French, this subtle detail surely enlightens us as to the politics and loyalties of the clockmaker.
A fantastic clock in every respect.