Wall Clock

Collection Type

  • Clocks and timekeeping

Date

ca. 1816

GUSN

GUSN-5237

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

Descriptive Terms

wall clocks
timepieces
carving (processes)
gilding
glass (material)
metal
reverse painting on glass (image-making)
wood (plant material)
acanthus (motif)
business (commercial function)
flags
putti (motifs)
Glass
Unidentified Metal
Carved
Painted
Eagle
Acanthus
Putti
Cornucopia
Flag
Commerce
Gilded
CLOCK

Inscription

Face inscribed ""PATENT""

Associated Building

Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.),

Maker

Curtis, Lemuel (Maker)

Location of Origin

Concord, MA, USA

Object Type

Timekeeping T&E

Dimensions

46.5 x 13.375 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Ralph May

Accession Number

1971.604

Reference Notes

------------. "Ceramic Chinoiserie," Antiques Magazine, August 1941,. [No Publisher].

Places

Massachusetts (United States)