Paint Decorated Tall Case Clock - Maker Signed…Rufus Cole, New York State, Circa 1825
SIGNED R. COLE PAINTER (Rufus Cole 1804-1874)
Outstanding fancy paint decoration, bright surface - SOLD
Rufus Cole worked in partnership with his father, Abraham, in the Mohawk Valley of New York at Broadalbin - just west of Albany, father and son’s combined talents and skills to produce notable tall case clocks during the 1820s and the early 1830s. Abraham Cole is listed in the 1835 Grantor Records of Montgomery County as carpenter and co-owner of a sawmill with son Rufus listed as a painter…underscoring the logic that father made the cases while son painted and decorated. The year 1850 finds Rufus listed as a 46-year-old painter within the Fulton County census; he was painting houses, signs and carriages long after woodworks tall clocks were no longer being made.
This duo incorporated a variety of 30-hour wooden works made by prominent makers of the period; all bonnets and cases are similar; finial shapes vary. (These finials are original.) This dramatic example features imaginative whirling flourishes grained in shades of brownish-red against a background of ochre-yellow producing a feast of motion, color and light. While the paint was wet, Cole created faux-inlay stringing by carefully removing the paint solution in straight lines. The elaborately ornamented case is gilt stenciled with bronze powder motifs found on the bonnet, throat and base…featured are diamond shaped devices on the throat and base that are painted black that present a strong contrasting palate for over-stenciled baskets of fruits and flowers. Adding a touch of whimsy are the top hats painted on the returns of the “broken arch” bonnet pediment; other motifs include foliage, flowers and pineapple; of great importance is the decorator’s signature “R. Cole/Painter” which is stenciled on the base apron.
The 30-hour movement and seat-board appear to be original to the case. The case and its decoration remain in a most high state of originality with only extremely minor conservation that David will be happy to explain. (Height: 84”; width: 17”; depth: 10”) Please know that shipping/delivery is easy, reasonable and not a problem.
677-1 - SOLD
Antique Tall Clock, Painted Case, Circa 1825 to 1840
Probably Pennsylvania (Case), Black Forest Movement
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”.)
Antique Tall Clock, Daniel Porter, Williamstown, Massachusetts, Enameled Dial, 8 Day
A very nicely inlaid cherry tall case clock resting on French feet; Circa 1800
(Restoration to hood; please call for full description, H: 96”)
Paint Decorated Tall Case Clock, Eagle Decorated Dial, Original Surface
Silas Hoadley (1787 to 1870)
Thirty hour pull down movement, time and strike
The arched bonnet surmounted by three reeded plinths with urn finials over swelled off-white painted columns centering a glazed door opening to a conforming dial with maker's inscription and floral spandrels centering Arabic numerals, day, and second registers. The waisted case with faux-graining done in red and black features an off-white painted rectangular door and is raised on a base with straight French feet with short returns joined by apron. (The reeded columns are not original, all else fine, running condition; H: 93".)
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Tall Clock, Roxbury Case, Inlays, Connecticut River Valley, Original Surface
Eight day movement, enameled dial, fan inlay, runs
(Fretwork replaced, feet restored (have one original foot) H: 83"
Cherry Tall Case Clock
The arched bonnet surmounted by three reeded plinths with brass finials centering the pierced pediment over columns centering an astragal glazed door opening to a conforming dial with maker's inscription and floral corner spandrels centering Arabic numerals and day and second registers. The waisted case with rectangular door having thumb-molded edges on a base raised on applied bracket feet. Minor repairs, minor paint losses to dial otherwise all else fine and original. The dry old finish is possibly original to case. Cherry with pine secondary wood. (89" high x 19" wide x 10.5" deep.) Abraham Edwards (1761-1840), worked in Ashby circa 1794-1840.
Tall Clock, Paint Decorated, Original Surface, 30 Hour Movement
New England, Circa 1820
It’s all about the paint
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Tall Case Clock, John Bailey, Hanover, Crest with Rosettes, 8 Day
Case Attributed to Elisha Cushing Jr. of Hingham, Circa 1780
Carved cedar tall case clock featuring an engraved brass tombstone dial inscribed John Bailey Hanover in the arch, with seconds' indicator, brass eight-day weight-powered movement; skeletonized plates. (Shims added underneath the seat-board, recent finish restoration, finial possibly original; H: 83")
LITERATURE: For a discussion of early Bailey tall clocks, see Robert Cheney and Phillip Zea, Clock Making in New England: 1725-1825; specifically, figure 1-17, page 23, shows a clock with a brass movement and a similar, though likely slightly later case. Also, for a discussion on Baily's early cases, see Brock Jobe and Gary Sullivan, Furniture Making in Massachusetts: Two Plymouth County Discoveries, Magazine Antiques, May of 2009, pp. 104-111.
Tall Clock, Grandfather, Polychrome Wood Dial, Molded Scrolled Pediment, Eight Day
Anonymous, Early 19th Century
Brass movement, wood plates, sidelights are hinged, mahogany; solid and veneer
(Base missing proper right side molding, easy fix; H: 94”)
Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes
English Longcase Clock, Tall Clock, Plate Frame Movement, Great Spandrels
John Talor (Engraved on chapter ring)
Circa 1680 to 1690
Oak - SOLD
An interesting country example, probably John Taylor; spelling varied frequently and was often phonetic (See Loomes). Bulkington is listed as a town in Warwickshire, and again the spelling difference is not significant. The movement is most interesting; time and strike great wheels are on a single arbor; a rare arrangement. Talor was a superbly skilled mechanic; he made the clock his way!
It appears that Talor may have been a gunsmith by training. Many blacksmiths and gunsmiths made the occasional clock as they were mechanics with skills necessary to create various objects in metal. The treatment and design of iron parts relate to a gunsmith's oeuvre. The pillars and posts are iron and feature most unusual turnings including orbs, rings and reels. The "bright" finish is more decorative than most clocks of the period. The plates on most tall clocks are brass, unlike this movement; the plates are iron with brass bushings suggesting that the maker did not have access to enough brass. yet the dial is standard and doesn't contradict the maker's attention to detailing the movement; the maker most likely obtained the dial from a specialist.
843-125 - SOLD
Tall Clock, Inlayed Brass Mounted Mahogany Case, Martin Worcester, Enameled Dial, 8 Day Movement
Wednesbury, England, Circa 1800 to 1810
A very attractive and well proportioned case featuring a sophisticated painted dial face and original movement - SOLD
1138-1 - SOLD
Tall Clock, Longcase Grandfather Clock, Scottish, 8 Day Movement
James Niccoll (1721 to 1760), Cannon Gate, Scotland
Mahogany case, signed name boss, seconds hand, calendar, spandrels; chapter ring with Roman numerals - SOLD
(Feet restored; H: 87")
1100-2 - SOLD
Tall Clock, Grandfather Clock, Original Painted Surface, 30 Hour Movement
New England, Early 19th Century - SOLD
Paint decorated case retaining original finials and featuring a painted dial having roman numerals; seconds spit and gilt spandrels.
(H: 85.5", W: 17.75", D: 10.5")
1119-8 - SOLD
Tall Clock, Original Japanning and Paint, London, Long Case
Movement by Daniel Kedden
Kedden admitted to Clockmakers Guild in 1717, known for fine japanned cases - SOLD
Eight-day movement, dolphin spandrels centering makers disk on the arch over mask spandrels at each of four corners; brass chapter ring, matted dial center with date aperture and seconds dial; original case in as found condition. (Some ancient beetle damage limited to engaged quarter-columns of hood door; other very minor imperfections consistent with age. Height to finials: 89"; H: 82.5")
759-7 - SOLD
Dutch Longcase Clock, Tall Clock, Carved and Inlaid, Excellent Dial and Movement
Eight Day Movement signed "Jacob Hasius/Amsterdam"
Jacob Hasius (1682 to 1725)
Amsterdam - SOLD
An elaborate inlaid burl-wood tall case clock with a 30-day movement, carved
The case rests on a bombe base and features allover scrolling, bird, floral, and tulip inlaid motifs; the hood with pierced and scrolled sound vents, and carved pilasters centering the dial. The elaborate case houses a movement by, Hasius; one of the finest Dutch makers. The dial plate features elaborate cast spandrels and a finely matted dial center within the chapter ring; moon dial, date and day wheels, and a second spit; pierced steel hands appear to be original; key wind 30-day, two-bell quarter-striking weight driven train. (H: 88.5")
843-184 - SOLD
Clock, Tall Clock, Brass Dial, Name Boss, Joseph Wills, Sarcophagus Top
By Joseph Wills
Walnut case - SOLD
Dimensions: 93" H.
843-124 - SOLD
Clock, Longcase, Tall Clock
Bridge, probably Thomas
Circa 1710 to 1720
Oak - SOLD
Dimensions: 75.75" H.
843-126 - SOLD
Clock, Tall Clock, Bold Curly Maple, Best Original Surface, As Found
The molding, the surface, the integrity, the originality, country at its best
A rarely encountered untouched case with 8 day movement
1793 - SOLD
(Dimensions: 88" H.)
410-81 - SOLD
Carved Cherry Tall Clock
A Connecticut River Valley Form
With rare animated dial...American made movement
Made by or for-Isaac Parker - SOLD
The molded arched bonnet with carved rosettes centered by a brass urn finial over astragal molding; glazed lights on both sides of the bonnet. The case is made in three pieces, the hood, waist and base...each section received by the applied molding of supporting section.
The arched and glazed door opening to the dial with enameled pewter hands, second and calendar bits and an extremely rare animated orb encircled by a molded ring centering raised cast spandrels...all above the larger than usual chapter ring with engraved and enameled Roman and Arabic numerals. The dial center has full coverage tight diapering; crosshatch engraving; each dial plate corner with raised-work corner spandrels. The movement is American made (With smooth barrels.) day and second registers. Attached to the dial is an engraved plate that reads-Issac [sic?] Parker-Deerfield; possibly engraved by Parker who is known to have been a competent silversmith. The waisted case with carved quarter-columns has rectangular door with tombstone shaped profile that is hung from original fancy strap hinges and is fitted with a unique upside down kitten head pendulum light. The door lock escutcheon is original. The molded base is raised on applied bracket beneath a compound molding...the feet have simple returns and are centered by a small half circle drop.
Isaac Parker (1749-1805)
Parker was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and probably trained as a silversmith under his uncle, John Welsh; worked as silversmith in Boston circa 1770-1776. Isaac Parker served as a corporal in Captain Jonas Locke's company of Minute Men and was on active service for 33 days beginning April 19, 1775. According to the Daughters of the American Revolution records, Parker enlisted twice.
It is known that Parker married Deborah Williams of Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1776 and surmised that they moved to Deerfield because his wife had family in the area. Parker set up shop as a jeweler and watchmaker at Deerfield circa 1776-1778, possibly with his uncle, Daniel Parker (1726-1785.) Parker manufactured and repaired shoe buckles, knee buckles, rings, and teaspoons. In spite of his long career as a jeweler in Deerfield, little evidence of Parker's craft survives. He apparently returned to Boston circa 1789 where he was listed as a merchant.
Only Three objects can be securely attributed to Parker: The above described tall-clock, a tablespoon at Yale marked "I.PARKER" and a teaspoon marked "I.P" at Memorial Hall Museum, PVMA, with a history of ownership in the Catlin family.
Height: 87.75"; Width: 13.5"; Depth: 7.5".
270-13 - SOLD
Tall Case Clock
English, for the Spanish Market
Superb Chinoiserie Decoration
Case bares the paper setup instructions label of Diego Evans in Spanish
David Evans & Peter Higgs
Circa 1760 - SOLD
David Evans and his partner Peter Higgs, the London clockmakers had a successful trading contact with Spain. Clocks destined for the Spanish market were signed 'Higgs y Diego Evans, Londres' rather than his usual 'David Evans, Royal Exchange, London'.
This example features overall Mandarin, pagoda and guilloche vignettes done in flat and slightly raised japanned lacquer ornamentation; predominantly with gold gilt against a red ground.
The pagoda top with sounding aperture on a domed molded cornice above the astragal-glazed door with notched corners is fitted to the conforming bonnet and has side-lights. The door opens to a brass dial with reticulated gilt-brass spandrels; brushed dial center and a silvered chapter ring having enameled Roman and Arabic numerals. The chapter ring centering a seconds dial above apertures for time and strike, and a recessed date ring, centered by the engraved and enameled shaped signature plaque...all beneath the tombstone arch with cast spandrels centered by the subsidiary dial; dial center is textured; the ring is marked (Tocar/Silencio) for Chime-Not Chime and is flanked by conforming spandrels. All hands are blued steel. The weights, pendulum and key are present.
The hood over rectangular cove molded waisted case with tombstone-arched molded door raised on a molded plinth base.
The surface and decoration remain in very good condition with only scattered losses...pretty much confined to hood. (Height: 98.5".)
843-45 - SOLD
Oak case, brass 30-hour movement - SOLD
Brass face having cast brass spandrels centering chapter ring with Roman numerals; the molded hood with engaged quarter columns at rear; double pinned mortise and tenon constructed glazed door with applied turned and split columns opens to dial. The hood above the center section with rectangular door hung from strap hinges...raised on molded base. Restoration to lower 6" of base, all else very good. Weights, hand, and pendulum appear to be original.
124-83 - SOLD
Cherry Tall Clock
Eight day movement
Circa 1810 - SOLD
The swans-neck molding with scrolled lobes is beautifully molded and is above a mahogany cross-banded bonnet with arched door flanked by turned and fluted columns having brass plinths and capitols...the door retains original cast brass with lion head knob opens to the enameled dial painted with birds and flowers; beautiful painted spandrels featuring scroll, leaf and bird decoration center the dial with Roman and Arabic chapter rings; calendar aperture and second spit; time and strike movement; oval glazed side-lights. The waist with double-arch molded door above the molded base with shaped profile raised on straight French feet joined by lobed profile with center drop. Possibly original surface...dry patina...tight shrinkage cracks in base; very small veneer loss with all else fine. (Height: 90.5"; Case Width: 14.25"; Case Depth: 8".)
271-16 - SOLD
Probably New Jersey
Cherry, mahogany banding
Circa 1800 - SOLD
The swan's neck molding and spun brass finials above a tall cross-banded pediment above the door that opens to a enamel dial; brass eight-day movement
With moon phase, calendar and second bit. The dial retains original paint with only the dial-posts having touch-up. Hood with side-lights, quarter columns and full front columns with brass hardware on cornice above the waist with inset fluted quarter-columns on the base raised on restored applied bracket feet.
The clock is in running order; poplar and pine secondary woods.
(Height to Finial: 91.5".)
731-30 - SOLD