Girandole clock

Creator:
Curtis, Lemuel, 1790-1857
Published/Created:
Concord, Middlesex county, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1816–1818
Physical Description:
46 x 12 in.
Materials:
Églomisé glass; brass; gilding
Notes:
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.
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Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 7, p. 2012, pl. P5292.
Variant Titles:
Classical gilded girandole clock
Topics:
Decoration and ornament--Federal style
Furniture--United States
Period/Style:
Federal
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
5292
Genre:
girandole clocks (AAT)
Format:
Image
Physical Object
Content Type:
Furnishings & Decorative Arts
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
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Access Restrictions:
Public
Source Title:
Israel Sack, Inc., Archive
Source Created:
New York, New York, United States
1957–1990
Source Note:
Sack, 1983
This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.
Folder:
10976 nc, cab4dw4 misc end tiff_complete
Yale Collection:
Yale University Art Gallery
Digital Collection:
Israel Sack Furniture Archive
oid pointer:
10992473
OID:
12117014
PID:
digcoll:1024614

Number of Pages: 10
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