Distinct stylistic, ornamental, and construction details support a strong attribution to Nathan Lombard (1777-1847). The cherry case with mahogany banding features chevron stringing and stylized foliate ornamentation; all characteristics of Lombard's inlays and shop traditions. The urn and foliate motifs issuing crossing vines, tulip heads, rosettes and droplet-shaped leaf inlays relate it to those found on several desk- and - bookcases attributed to Lombard (see Jobe and Pearce, "Sophistication in Rural Massachusetts: The Inlaid Cherry Furniture of Nathan Lombard" in Beckerdite, American Furniture (1998), p.166, fig.3 and p.181, fig.32) as well as to a group of candle-stands (see Jobe and Pearce, p.188, fig.46; p.189 figs. 47-49; p.192, fig.54, see also Christie's, June 17, 1997, lot 415). Constructional features relate this clock to other pieces attributed to and signed by Lombard; they include small, widely s paced glue-blocks at the case bottom; a feature found on many Lombard case pieces including a chest that bears his signature (Jobe and Pearce, p.173).
There are nearly forty objects attributed to Nathan Lombard, however, only one other clock (private collection) is currently associated with Lombard’s shop (illustrated in Jobe and Pearce, p.187, fig. 42). Upon comparison of the two clocks the viewer will observe overall case and ornamental similarities including deeply cove-molded arched cornices; relatively simple, unsigned dials with related enameled designs, fitted with nearly identical hands; also fluted colonettes with Corinthian capitals and molded brass bases; reeded quarter columns with brass bases; and capitals resting on engaged and inlaid plinths. As is often the case, the case was once reduced in height; a horizontal section of the base equal to the height of lower cross-banding and the lower half of each foot was removed. The aforementioned now expertly restored to full height in an undetectable and most successful manner. (H: 95”)
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.
Additional Information: An attractive case containing original movement and dial
featuring silvered Roman and Arabic chapter ring, matted center with subsidiary
seconds dial, calendar, and applied nameplate; outstanding spandrels…the arch
displays cast and pierced dolphin and scrolled devices. The pierced steel hands are
Additional Information: A good painted country Federal clock, pierced broken arch
pediment centering three chimneys mounted with urn finials above a waisted case with
long door, the whole on a molded base raised on cutout feet. Thirty-hour pull down
wooden movement; the polychrome wooden face with pewter hands and seconds spit
features gilt spandrels ornamented with floral sprigs and Arabic numerals…the arch with
oval cartouche and similar floral decoration surmounted with gilt border.
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.
This cherry tall case clock, which has a very pleasing old surface, was produced by
clockmaker, Simeon Crane, whose work is extremely rare. The son of Canton
clockmaker, William Crane, he was born in Canton in 1776, and worked as successful
clockmaker, gunsmith, and metal worker in the area until his death. This antique tall
clock exhibits both pleasing proportions and refined details and is clearly a successful
provincial interpretation of an early Roxbury case clock. The dial was manufactured in
Boston. It features a wonderfully painted lunette decorated with a central urn device,
with brightly colored red draperies and raised, gilt gesso-work. The four corner
spandrels, which frame the dial face, feature bronze stencils of oak leaves on a black
ground. The dial is boldly signed with the clockmakers name and locale below the
calendar, “Simeon Crane / Canton”.
The hood features a pierced fretwork incorporating a specific pattern that was frequently
used on southeastern, Massachusetts clocks. The waist is fitted with a rectangular
pendulum door, that is flanked by fluted quarter columns of rectangular form. This
hinged door is fitted with a lock and brass keyhole escutcheon and opens to the original
brass capped pendulum and tin can weights. The waist transitions to the rectangular
base with a flared molding and rests on diminutive French feet.
Canton clockmaker, William Crane was married and had a son named Simeon who died
within a year of his birth. A second son, also named Simeon was born in 1776, and
grew to create equally as beautiful and valuable clocks as his father. William made
clocks from 1770 through the time of his death in 1820. Simeon made clocks from 1795,
until his death at age forty-five. The father and son overlapped producing clocks for
twenty-five years. We do not know how many they made, but Simeon was not a prolific
maker. Simeon’s sister, Hannah, married Elijah Morse who along with his brother
Henry, were likely apprenticed to William. By 1809 and through 1815 Elijah and Henry
were clockmakers, brass founders, and gunsmiths.
Dimensions: Overall height including center finial 89.5”; Width 20.25, Depth 10.5”.
The case displays good form and retains its original red stain. The hood features tall turned finials on capped plinths; applied turned half-spindle beneath center finial centered by carved and molded swans neck pediment; turned and quartered columns at rear of hood with full turned columns centering the glazed hood door. Thirty-hour pull-down movement with painted wood dial probably not original to case but is period and was recently serviced. The waist with long door having serpentine profile is raised on a base of recessed panels raised on block and turned feet. (A dial fissure was repaired; Height to Finial: 94.5”.)
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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