Inlaid cherry case tall clock of central Massachusetts or Connecticut origin. Grandfather clock.

This is a very interesting inlaid cherry case tall clock of New England origin. This clock was most likely made along the Connecticut river from the Hartford area up through Greenfield, Massachusetts circa 1800.

The case is constructed in cherry and has taken a wonderful dark rich finish. This darker color contrasts nicely with the lighter maple inlay patterns found throughout the design of the case. All of which has been professionally re-surfaced in orange shellac and protected with a hard wax. 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 circles. The rectangular box centers an inlaid pinwheel or quartefoil. The waist section is very long and very narrow. The outer edges of the waist section are inlaid with columns. A pattern of maplewood is laid out and a canted formatting of approximately forty-five degrees. These are flanked with thin line inlays and terminate at each end in inlaid capitals. A second line inlaid rectangular box frames the waist door. This rectangular pattern is also fitted with quarter circles. The waist door is a tombstone shape. This door features addition line rectangular inlay pattern with quarter circles in each corner, a center oval medallion and a large fan. The fan 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 patterns 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 exhibits a rural folk art character. The decorations are somewhat reserved. Strawberries are depicted in each of the four spandrel areas and an urn is depicted in the arch. The movement is constructed in 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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