Joseph Gooding of Dighton, Massachusetts
This superb inlaid mahogany case retains a wonderful finish that is most likely original to the clock. It has taken a warm mellow patina that glows in a sun lit room. The case form exhibits first rate proportions that is often associated with the Roxbury school of case making. This example stands on nicely shaped applied ogee bracket feet. They are applied to a double stepped molding. The base panel is line inlaid with a satin wood string inlay. Seven petal quarter fans alternating light and dark wood are positioned in each corner. The waist is long and narrow. It features a tombstone shaped waist door that is also line inlaid. Fitted into the front corners of the case are brass stop fluted quarter columns which terminate at both ends in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet features a New England style fretwork which is surmounted with three ball and spike finials. The bonnet columns are also brass stop fluted and flank the string inlaid bonnet door. It is arched glazed, opening to a nicely painted moonphase dial.
This dial is signed “J. Gooding, Dighton, No. 9. “J. Gooding, Dighton, No. 9.” It appears to have been exposed to some heat. There is evidence of light blistering which is now stable. This clock is a survivor. Each of the four spandrel areas are decorated with colorful florals.
The time and strike movement is of good quality and is designed to run for an eight-day duration.
This clock was made circa 1810. It stands 7 feet 8 inches tall to the top of the center finial. It is inventory number 212008.
About Joseph Gooding of Dighton and Fall River, Massachusetts.
The Clockmaker Joseph Gooding was born in Dighton, Massachusetts on March 6, 1773 and died in the same town on November 11, 1853. He worked both in Dighton and also Fall River, Massachusetts. Joseph was trained by John Bailey II in Hanover and started in business in 1793. He is thought to have trained his four brothers, Josiah, Alanson, Henry and John as clockmakers. Currently, we speculate that Joseph made some 40 plus tall case clocks. It appears that he numbered many of his tall case clocks on the dial. The highest number found to date is No. 38. This example is numbered. “9.” Interestingly, No. 8 is in the clock collection of Harvard University. This example, like those others documented, shares a case form and construction that reflects a strong Roxbury influence.
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