Concord, Middlesex county, Massachusetts, United States ca. 1816–1818
46 x 12 in.
Églomisé glass; brass; gilding
Sack catalogue description: Classical gilded girandole clock, the form appears to be unique to Lemuel Curtis and of the twenty to twenty-five examples known, this is one of the supreme examples; it retains the original convex églomisé tablet depicting a naval engagement, inscribed on the window border, "COM'D MAC DONOUGH'S VICTORY 1814"; the scene is taken from an engraving by B. Tanner, painted by H. Reinagle, published July 1816 in Philadelphia; it is a remarkably detailed depiction and one of the finest American églomisé glass tablets. The upper églomisé convex tablet encloses a thermometer and is inscribed, "L. CURTIS PATENT," the dial with Arabic numerals is inscribed "PATENT" and retains the typical looped Curtis hands; the dial encloses a brass works bearing the die stamp "L. CURTIS," the brass works, the chased pendulum bob and locking bar and the serpentine brass side brackets are typical of Curtis's technique; the hood is crested by the original gilded eagle, the dial door and the bottom door as well as the ball ornaments on both doors are carved and gilded, the gilding and stenciling of the sides are original. ----- Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 7, p. 2012, pl. P5292.
Classical gilded girandole clock
Decoration and ornament--Federal style Furniture--United States
girandole clocks (AAT)
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New York, New York, United States 1957–1990
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