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1971.604 (RS85462)

Description

Eagle finial (wings open, head turned to left); circular face with Arabic numbers; convex glass, gilt balls encircle frame; trapazoidal waist inset with thermometer scaled from "Extra Cold" to "Water Boils;" glass cover over thermometer has reverse painted border; pierced brass scrolls terminating with rosettes at either end flank the waist; circular base with carved acanthus pendant and covex glass cover, vignette of an allegorical figure identified as "Commerce" drawn through the ocean by sea horses, accompanied by attendant, putti, a cornucopia, an American flag and eagle, door frame decorated with gilt balls, entire exterior of clock is gilded.

Details

Maker
Curtis, Lemuel (Maker)
Date
ca. 1816
Inscriptions
Face inscribed ""PATENT""
Location of origin
Concord, MA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
carving (processes)
gilding
glass (material)
metal
reverse painting on glass (image-making)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Timekeeping T&E
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Acanthus
acanthus (motif)
business (commercial function)
Carved
carving (processes)
CLOCK
Commerce
Cornucopia
Eagle
Flag
flags
Gilded
gilding
Glass
glass (material)
metal
Painted
Putti
putti (motifs)
reverse painting on glass (image-making)
timepieces
Unidentified Metal
wall clocks
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
46.5 x 13.375 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.604
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
5237
Reference Notes
------------. "Ceramic Chinoiserie," Antiques Magazine, August 1941,. [No Publisher].

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