AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE SURINAM AMSTERDAM LONG-CASE CLOCK
The Netherlands/Surinam, Amsterdam/Paramaribo, circa 1746/1756
The case in Rio palissander, palissander veneer and snakewood, the clock signed “Nicolaas Weylandt/Amsteldam”, the arch painted with a scene of the harbour of Paramaribo, Fort Zeelandia and Dutch ships in the anchorage, the spandrels decorated with figural representations of the four continents, the centre of the dial painted with Mercury (on the right), seated on a bale signed VCS (Vereenigde Compagnie Suriname), one of the barrels bearing the initials PBS, on the left a river god, with a Dutch three-master in the background.
H. 259 x W. 60 x D 35 cm
This exceptionally rare long-case clock is the successful marriage of the work of an accomplished eighteenth-century Amsterdam clockmaker, a Dutch cabinetmaker working with exotic tropical timbers, a wood carver familiar with both Dutch Rococo designs and Surinamese iconography, and a painter with knowledge, whether first-hand or through visualizations, of the Paramaribo waterfront. This clock shows an important part of Surinam history.
Although possibly formerly owned by a Dutchman, it shows the grandeur of Surinam, just as the Dutch long-case clocks showed the grandeur of the Netherlands.