New England origin. An inlaid cherry case tall clock. Unsigned
This is a very interesting inlaid cherry case tall clock of New England origin. This clock was most likely made in Connecticut circa 1800.
The case is constructed in cherry and has taken a wonderful dark rich finish. This contrasts nicely with the lighter maple inlay patterns found throughout the design of the case. This case stands up on cut out bracket feet that retain their original height. The diminutive sized base features a front panel that is line inlaid. The corners of this pattern are fitted with quarter fans. The rectangular box centers an inlaid pinwheel or fylfot. The waist section is very long and very narrow. Inlaid columns flank the side of the case. These terminate in inlaid capitals. A second line inlaid rectangular frames the waist door. This rectangular pattern is also fitted with quarter fans. The waist door is a tombstone shape. This door features addition line inlay patterns, a center medallion and a fan which is located in the arch. The bonnets features a modified broken arch pediment. This has an unusual shape in that the outside corners are turned upwards. The arches center a large turned wooden finial that is mounted on a plinth. Incorporated in the bonnet design are additional inlay pattern that repeat some of the themes found in the lower portion of the case. This ties the clock together very nicely. The bonnet door is arched and fitted with glass. It opens to access the dial. The painted iron dial features a rural character. The decorations are somewhat reserved. The spandrels feature strawberries and an urn is depicted in the arch. The movement is brass. It is weight powered and designed to strike the hour on a cast iron bell which is mounted above it. This clock is designed to run eight days on a full wind and is good quality.
This case stands approximately 8 feet 2 inches tall. It is inventory number 23177.
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