Paint Decorated Tall Clock, New England, Federal, Painted Dial Date/Period: Circa 1820
Measurement: Height: 88.25"
Condition: Very good
Additional Information: A paint decorated tall case clock…the hood with scrolled
swans neck cresting and glazed tombstone front; wooden gilt and polychrome dial
featuring spread wing eagle over roiling clouds, floral spandrels and 30-hour
pull-up wooden movement. The waist door flanked by quarter-columns on base with
cutout feet, original painted surface resembling exotic woods and inlays.
Antique Tall Clock, Paint Decorated, Silas Hoadley Movement
Outstanding decorated case of a form related to those housing movements by
James Cole, Rochester, New Hampshire. We are attributing the case to the
Rochester area…not to Cole. Date/Period: Circa 1820
Measurement: Height: 82”
Condition: The amazing painted surface remains in an original untouched state and is
Additional Information: The flat bonnet surmounted by a flat gallery featuring chrome
yellow decoration centered by three chimneys above door opening to dial with floral
decoration within each of the four raised gilt spandrels and panoply of Masonic symbols
within arch. The thirty-hour wooden movement with ivory bushings; calendar and
seconds bit made by the important clockmaker, Silas Hoadley (1786-1870) at Plymouth,
Connecticut; signed on dial S. Hoadley-Plymouth. The waisted case with rectangular
door raised on a base resting on cutout French feet centering a drop-panel.
This grandfather clock case speaks to the shop traditions of Rochester, NH…features
such as the flat gallery surmounting the pediment, the drop panel centering the apron,
and simple cutout feet. Ex Herschel Burt Collection.
Federal Paint Decorated Tall Case Clock, Works by Riley Whiting, Gilt Eagle Decoration
Winchester, Connecticut Date/Period: Circa 1813
Measurement: Height: 84"
Condition: Paint appears to be untouched; works appear to be original. Glass has a
diagonal 6” crack. (We can replace glazing with period glass)
Additional Information: An outstanding paint decorated case; wooden 30-hour weight-
driven pull-down movement with strike, open-worked hands, grain painted in shades of
light and dark brown with green decoration on hood and door. The white-painted dial
features a dramatic gilt and colored eagle within the gilt bordered dial arch; unusual gilt
spandrels featuring red and yellow decoration. The dial with calendar and seconds spits
inscribed R. Whiting, Winchester within gild band.
Measurement: 91” to center chimney of hood, 97.25” height to finial, base: 20” x 10.75”
Material: Mixed wood and polychrome
Condition: Typical scattered surface restorations, base molding may be an early
working period replacement
Additional Information: Beautifully decorated featuring floral detailing, domestic
scenes, a pagoda and harbor with European ships. Clock has an 8-day time, strike and
calendar movement with a gilt face and dial center. The engraved chapter ring is signed
“Alex. Watson, London”. It includes the original pierced steel hands, pendulum, weights,
door and winding keys. Case is very attractive.
Tall Clock, 30-hour Movement Date/Period: Early 19th Century
Measurement: 85.5” x 17.75” x 10.5”
Material: Paint decorated case
Condition: Original finials, painted dial with Roman numerals, gilt spandrels
19th Century American Paint Decorated Tall Clock Date/Period: Early 19th Century
Material: Poplar, mixed woods
Condition: Good, typical paint losses to dial, displays well
Additional Information: Boldly molded swan neck pediment above glazed door flanked
by twist-carved columns; the arched door in waist flanked by inset quarter columns;
base raised on applied backet feet. Thirty-hour wood movement; dial features a gilt
eagle and cannon; gilt spandrels centering floral sprigs…Arabic numerals, second
sweep and original pewter hands.
Federal Paint Decorated Tall Clock
New England, Circa 1810-1813 (Height: 82.5”)
Movement Characteristics Speak to Thomas & Hoadley, Plymouth, Connecticut
Weight Driven 30-Hour Pulldown Wooden Movement, Original Pewter Hands
A broken arch [swans’ neck] pediment surmounts the hood; delicate ring-turned swelled
columns on plinths flank the tombstone shape glazed door. The waisted case featuring
cavetto moldings is fitted with a rectangular hinged pendulum door having thumb-
molded overhanging edges. The molded base is raised on applied bracket feet. The
case displays outstanding proportions and inspired original fancy faux grained paint, the
hood, base, and door feature faux string inlays…and painted faux crossbanding. The
scalloped dial spandrels containing gilt leaf devices with red veins and silhouetting
centering chapter the ring having painted Roman and Arabic numerals…weight driven
“pull-down” 30-hour movement with hour strike. The arched dial ornamented with
smartly painted pairs of trees flanking a gilt monument on hillock; tombstone painted
border treatment conforms to border ornamentation of spandrels. The pierced pewter
hands are original. The case and dial display beautifully; vestiges of time [wood
shrinkage] have caused the long-repaired pediment scroll fissures. Our restoration
expert has examined the imperfections sharing that he is able to mask the old cracks.
Our clockmaker has cleaned and oiled the movement which runs and keeps good time.
See, American Wooden Movement Tall Clocks by Phillip E. Morris, Jr., pp. 463/465
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