06-08-2008 06-08-2008
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2412 Boston
June 8, 2008 11:00 AMCalender

Federal Mahogany Tall Clock

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2412 Location: Boston Date / Time: June 08, 2008 11:00AM


Federal Mahogany Tall Clock, Aaron Willard, Jr., Boston, case attributed to Thomas Seymour, Charlestown, Massachusetts, c. 1810, with reeded columns, diamond-pattern stringing on hood door, crotch birch banding and stringing on waist door and base, French feet, serpentine apron, 13 in. painted iron dial signed "Aaron Willard Jun(r)., Boston" with moon's age in the arch, raised gilt and painted corner decoration, eight-day time and strike movement with red painted tin-cased weights and pendulum, (imperfections), ht. 103 in.

For related cases with Seymour attributions see: Richard H. Randall, Jr. American Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, p. 251 and Robert Mussey, The Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour, p. 430.
Estimate $40,000-60,000

Replaced fret and two of the three caps on the finial plinths, period finials lack top turned elements, minor losses on banding, original feet with some re-gluing, object left 1/4 in. applied molding above feet restored, minor losses on dial, strap iron pendulum rod and cast iron bob are replacements, original hands, seating board and red-painted weights, old surface.


Thomas Seymour, Charlestown, Aaron Willard , Jr., Massachusetts, Richard H. Randall , Jr., Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Robert Mussey