Coastal New England tall clock made in Saco, Maine. A formal mahogany case cross-banded in figure birch veneer. KK198.

This case exhibits excellent 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.

The case is constructed in mahogany and New England white pine is used as a secondary wood. The mahogany panels that front the case are well figured and enhance the beauty of the form. Vibrant flaming birch veneers are used in the traditional cross banding applications. The cross-banded patterns are found along the outside edge of the base panel and they also frame the waist door. In addition, the birch veneers are also used in the plinths which visually support the quarter columns. This decorative treatment has outstanding figure or graining and forms a sharp contrast to the deep rich mahogany color of the primary wood.

This case is quite narrow and has good proportions. It stands on delicately flared French feet. These transition along the base panel and form a skirt or drop apron. It is interesting to note the shape of this apron as it relates to many skirts found on chests that were constructed in this region. The grain of the base panel is oriented in a vertical fashion and features a crotch pattern of veneer. The waist section is fitted with a long rectangular waist door that is trimmed with a delicate applied molding. Finely reeded quarter columns flank the sides of the case. The bonnet features a traditional New England fretwork form. It is pierced and supported by the three reeded plinths. Each is capped and surmounted by a brass ball and spike finial. Fully turned and reeded bonnet columns flank the string inlaid door. The columns are mounted in brass quarter capitals. The bonnet door is arched and fitted with glass. It opens to access the colorfully painted dial.

The bonnet door opens to access the painted iron dial. This dial is of Boston origin. It was painted by Spencer Nolen. Nolen was a prolific dial painter. This example and features an urn in the arch that is decorated colorful swags and beaded trimmings. 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. The bell is mounted above the movement on a stand that attaches to the backplate.

This fine 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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