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 traditions of James Charles Cole, who was born in
Boston in 1791 and died in Rochester, New Hampshire, December 23, 1867. Cole was a prolific
clockmaker who also trained as a watchmaker, jeweler and silversmith. The amazing painted
surface remains in an original untouched state and is truly wonderful. Ex Herschel Burt
Collection. (H: 82”.)
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.
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")
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".)
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
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