Jonathan Dowling joined the Clocks, Watches, and Scientific Instruments Department in 2010 after six years with Skinner, during which he gained a strong practical foundation in the valuation of fine art and antiques. Prior to Skinner, Jonathan taught and practiced the art of fine furniture making in South Carolina, Texas, and Massachusetts. He also also owned and operated a private furniture restoration business.
Jonathan studied Fine Art with a focus in Portraiture at du Cret School of Art and Design in New Jersey, before beginning to follow his passion for woodworking. Jonathan builds early American-style furniture as well as his own contemporary designs. His reproduction of a Philadelphia Queen Anne Tilt-top Tea Table was featured in Fine Woodworking magazine.
Working under the tutelage of Robert C. Cheney, Jonathan has expanded his expertise to include 18th and 19th century American and European clocks, nautical and maritime art and antiques, a range of scientific instruments, as well as assorted mechanical curiosities.