When it comes to antique furniture, most devotees will concede to having a favourite genre, but none I have spoken to express a profound dislike for any. It’s therefore somewhat surprising that one of England’s most famous and highly accomplished designers of the late eighteenth-century, Thomas Sheraton, had an apparent disdain for longcase clocks.
In The Cabinet-maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing-Book (the three editions, published in 1793, 1794 and 1802), Sheraton engages the reader for over thirteen pages on the decoration, of all things, a State Bed, but in reference to the two abundantly ornate longcase clocks illustrated in Plate 29, he wasted not one epithet on them, merely stating they “… require no explanations; they are therefore omitted.“
In his latter years, Sheraton was ordained a Baptist lay minister and yet despite his well subscribed and not insignificant publications, he was a self-assertive, mean and impoverished individual.
The year following the last publication of his Drawing Book, Sheraton made the remarkable claim that longcase clocks were largely out of fashion in all but rural areas and again, omitted them from his 1803 publication, The Cabinet Dictionary.
 Presumably Sheraton’s incomplete magnum opus, The Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer and General Artists’ Encyclopedia, begun in 1804.
 Thomas Sheraton, The Cabinet Dictionary Containing an Explanation of all the Terms Used in the Cabinet, Chair and Upholstery Branches, W. Smith, London, 1803, p. 336.