Kennedy Miller of Elizabeth Town, New Jersey. Tall case clock.
This is a fine cherry case tall clock made by Kennedy Miller of Elizabeth Town, New Jersey circa 1800. Miller advertised on April 25th, 1803 as a "CLOCK-MAKER. AND GOLD& SILVER SMITH."
The bonnet is a swans neck pediment form having very high and delicate arches. These terminate with carved pinwheel rosettes. Three turned wooden finials are mounted on top of finial plinths. The center finial is turned on a larger scale than the two found at the corners of the case. The arched bonnet door is flanked by smoothly turned bonnet columns. These are free standing. The door is fitted with glass. The waist section is long and narrow. It is fitted with a shaped waist door. The front corners of the waist feature a canted detail that terminates in a lamb's tongue molding. The base panel centers an applied panel. This is trimmed with a simple molded edge. The front corners of this base panel are also canted and share the same details found in the versions incorporated in the waist. The case stands on an applied bracket base. The feet are nicely formed and retain their original height.
The painted iron dial features colorful florals in each of the four spandrel areas. The arch is also decorated with florals. A colorfully panted bird is depicted in the arch. This dial is signed by the Maker. It also lists his working location.
The movement is brass and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It strikes the hour on a bell and features a count wheel striking system. This clock was made circa 1800.
The case stands approximately 94 inches tall.
Inventory number 29117.
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