Made in the Flemington area of New Jersey circa 1810, this is an inlaid mahogany case tall clock. 218041.

This finely inlaid mahogany case tall clock was made in the Flemington area of New Jersey circa 1810. The case exhibits narrow proportions and features excellent woods selections throughout the design of the case. The mahogany is finished in a darker tone. This sharply contrasts with the light wood inlays which are complex. This format commands for one’s attention.

This example stands on delicate flared French feet. A shaped apron below the base panel makes the transition from foot to foot and also up to the base section smoothly. The base panel is formatted with a center circular inlay of figured mahogany. A second line inlaid pattern frames the perimeter of the panel. Quarter fans are fitted into each of the four corners of this framing. The waist section is long and narrow which is typical for this region. The waist door is nicely shaped at the top. The door is trimmed with light line inlay. Please note the use of figured veneers in the oval panel found in the center of the waist door. This is oval is fitted into the design of the door and is trimmed out with four additional panels of mahogany. An additional oval is incorporated in the Irish panel which is located below the waist door. Fluted quarter columns are fitted into the sides of the waist. These terminate in turned wooden quarter capitals. The blocking is framed in line inlays. Bookend line inlays are used in the upper section of the waist and also in the design of the hood. The bonnet features a swan’s neck pediment. These arches are quite tall and delicately shaped. They terminate in inlaid pinwheels of two alternating colors. The hood is surmounted by three brass finials which are mounted on plinths. Fully turned and fluted columns are mounted in brass capitals. These flank the arched glazed door. This door opens to a colorfully painted iron dial.

This painted dial is of Boston origin. It features a lunar calendar or moon phase indicator in the arch. The four spandrel areas are decorated with floral patterns. These are depicted as growing out of a gilt urn. This dial displays the hours, minutes, seconds and month calendar in their traditional locations.

The movement is brass and designed to run eight days on a full wind. It is weight driven. It is designed to strike the hour on the hour on a cast iron bell. It is good quality.

This clock was made circa 1810 and stands approximately 7 feet 11 inches tall. It is approximately 20.25 inches wide and 9.5 inches deep.


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