An unsigned tiger maple tall case clock
Pictured here is a fine figured maple case tall clock made outside of the New England region, most likely in New York State.
This attractive country case clock features good proportions. The case stands 7 feet 8 inches to the top of the arches or a full 7 feet 11 inches tall to the top of the center finial. This case is constructed in various grades of maple and white pine is used as the secondary wood. In addition, the use of mahogany and line inlays composed of ebony and satinwood stringing are used to highlight the design.
This case stands on applied ogee bracket tiger maple feet. These are mounted to the lower base molding. The base features a large richly figured panel. This is framed with a line inlaid pattern of mahogany, ebony and satinwood stringing. This decorative framing detail is repeated around the waist door as well. The front corners of the base are inset with fluted quarter columns that terminate in wooden capitals. The waist section is very long and narrow. Fluted quarter columns are fitted in the corners of the waist. They also terminate in wooden capitals. The columns accentuate the narrow proportions of this case by softening the visual appeal of the angles. The waist door is shaped at the top and features a simple molded edge. The bonnet features a swan's neck pediment. The arches are wonderfully formed. They are gracefully formed and exhibit good height. A simple brass tack is located in the center of the wooden rosette. A single turn tiger maple wooden finial is fitted in the center of the arches. This is mounted on a plinth. Fully turned and nicely shaped bonnet columns flank the bonnet door. This door is an arched form and is fitted with glass. It opens to access the painted iron dial. This dial features floral designs in each of the four spandrel areas. An urn is depicted in the arch. These colorful decorations are framed with gilt covered gesso work. Another painted feature worth mentioning is the depiction of the colorfully painted birds located in the center section of this dial. The weight driven movement is of good quality. It is designed to run for an eight-day duration and to strike each hour on a cast iron bell.
This clock was made circa 1805.
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