An unsigned American tall case clock made in or near Flemington, New Jersey

This is a fine inlaid mahogany case tall clock made in the Flemington area of New Jersey circa 1810.

This narrowly proportioned example features excellent woods selections throughout the design of the case. This example stands on applied bracket feet. The front two are joined by a nicely shaped apron that is located in the front of the case just below the base panel. This base panel incorporates a highly figured book matched veneer of crotch mahogany. This is framed with a cross-banded mahogany border. The waist section is long and narrow which is typical for this region. The waist door is nicely shaped at the top. Please note the use of figured veneers in the oval panel found in the center of the waist door. The use of the inlaid oval theme is repeated six other times in the layout of the case design. An additional oval is incorporated in the Irish panel which is located below the waist door. Two other smaller ovals are located below the finely reeded quarter columns. These terminate in turned wooden quarter capitals. Two additional ovals are located below the bonnet molding. These two are separated by bookend line inlays. The bonnet features a swan’s neck pediment that terminates in inlaid rosettes. They are applied to the end of the arches. The hood is surmounted by three brass finials which are mounted on plinths. The plinths are line inlaid. The molded arch is fitted with an inlaid key in the center. The facade features the last two of seven ovals found inlaid in this case. Fully turned and line inlaid bonnet columns flank the arched glazed door. This door opens to a colorfully painted iron dial which which features a lunar calendar or moonphase indicator in the arch. The spandrel areas are decorated with geometric patterns. This dial displays the hours, minutes, seconds and month calendar. The movement is brass and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It will strike the hour on the hour on a cast iron bell. It is good quality.

This clock was made circa 1810 and stands 7 feet 11.5 inches tall. This clock is inventroy number LL-13.


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