American Federal Neoclassical Mantle Clock, New England, circa 1810

Price: $6, 450.00
Product ID : CLK00013

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Overview

An exquisite American mantel (fireplace) clock in the neoclassical style, the dominant architectural style during the Federal period. A brass bald eagle with outstretched wings stands on a pedestal above the dial, which seemingly rests on a pediment supported by five alabaster columns on an inlaid grid work floor, over a rectangular base that terminates in alabaster bun feet. New England, circa 1810. The dial features a knurled brass center plate with black numbers on white enamel plate. Access to the dial is through a hinged round door with Fine bronze d'ore ring & original convex glass. Mirrored back creates an optical illusion by expanding the floor & the number of columns. Embellishments in bronze d'ore ormolu include eight-pointed stars, baskets filled with fruits of the harvest, acanthus, rosettes & cornflowers; symbols of plenty, eternity & union. The five columns may be an allusion to the "Federal Pillars" depicting the five states that first ratified the constitution, which in order were: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut. Clock comes with original keys & functioning mechanism. Pendulum swings on a silk thread & the striker hits a coiled wire. Wooden back is easily removed like a plug held by pressure to access the movement.\
PERIOD
Neoclassical
PLACE OF ORIGIN
United States
DATE OF MANUFACTURE
circa 1810
PERIOD
Early 19th Century
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
Polished Mahogany,Enamel,Cast Elements, Glass,Mirror,Inlay,Ormolu,Gilt,Alabaster Columns,
CONDITION
Good
CONDITION DETAILS
Comes with original keys, pendulum & case. Clock is in working order & keeps time.
WEAR
Wear consistent with age and use.
DIMENSIONS
H 18 in. x W 9.75 in. x D 4.25 in.
H 45.72 cm x W 24.77 cm x D 10.8 cm

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