Coastal New England (Saco,Maine) tall case clock. Inlaid mahogany case.
This case exhibits excellent proportions and woods selections throughout its construction. Clocks of this form have been more frequently found signed by Makers that worked in both Portsmouth, New Hampshire and or Saco, Maine. These two regions share many design and construction similarities. This example is unsigned.
This case exhibits superb wood selections. The case is constructed in mahogany and New England white pine is used as a secondary wood. Vibrant flaming birch veneers are used in the traditional cross banding applications. These patterns are found along the outside edge of the base panel and the waist door. In addition, the birch veneers are also used in the plinths which support the quarter columns. This decorative treatment has outstanding figure or grain pattern and forms a sharp contrast to the deep rich mahogany wood and its subtle graining.
This case is quite narrow and has excellent proportions. It stands on delicately flared French feet. These transition along the base panel and form a skirt or drop apron. The waist section features a rectangular waist door that is fitted with a delicate applied molding. Finely reeded quarter columns flank the sides of the case. The bonnet features a traditional New England fretwork design. It is supported by three reeded plinths that are surmounted by three brass ball and spike finials. Fully turned and reeded bonnet columns ending in brass capitals flank the string inlaid door. This bonnet door is arched and fitted with glass.
The bonnet door opens to access the painted iron dial. This dial is of Boston origin and features colorful swags and an urn in the arch. The spandrel areas are decorated with themes including large conch shells. This dial displays the hours, minutes, seconds and calendar date in Arabic numerals.
The movement is brass and of good quality. Fully wound, this movement is designed to run eight days and strike the hour on the hour on a cast iron bell.
This clock was made circa 1810. It stands 8 feet tall to the top of the center finial.
This clock is inventory number KK-198.
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