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1991.916 (RS20776)

Description

The face is painted white, with lunette decorated in gilt and grisaille with a scene of a sea battle over the dial. There are Arabic numerals in black and a second hand dial with conforming numerals. The spandrels are gilt and polychrome stylized with floral sprigs enclosed with "cable-like" gilt gesso beading. It also has a gilt gesso scrolling device below the aperature for hands.

Details

Maker
Attributed to Margeson, Gilbert Tucker, Mr. (Maker)
Date
1815-1830
Inscriptions
Painted on the face in the lunette is: The Guerriere Captured by the Constitution. Inscribed on the back is: Gilbert Tucker Margeson, Marine Painter/died May 11 97 yrs old at Rockport/This maybe..?. his picture/which hangs in the naval pep and in Washington.
Location of origin
Rockport, MA, USA
Associated Building
Subject USS Constitution. Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
gesso
gilding
grisaille
hardwood
painting (coating)
Object type
Timekeeping T&E
Places
Maine (United States)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Battle
battles
Clock
dials
gesso
Gesso
Gilded
gilding
grisaille
Grisaille
hardwood
Hardwood
Numbers
numerals
Painted
painting (coating)
Seascape
seascapes
timepieces
People and organizations
USS Constitution, 1794 C
Dimensions
16 1/8 x 11 9/10 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.916
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2691

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