11-01-2014 11-01-2014
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Skinner Auctions Marlborough MA
2760M Marlborough
November 1, 2014 10:00AMCalender

Elaborately Inlaid Mahogany Tall Clock

Auction: Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2760M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: November 01, 2014 10:00AM


Elaborately Inlaid Mahogany Tall Clock, case attributed to Robert Wood and Jacob Taylor, Florida, New York, c.1810, the swan's neck pediment with star and edge banded inlays above the arched hood door, inlaid freestanding columns flanking the painted Arabic numeral dial with fan pattern spandrels, moon's age in the arch, seconds bit and calendar aperture, turned quarter columns flanking the figured mahogany tombstone-shaped line inlaid waist door, above the lower waist panel with star and checkerboard inlaid columns, the base with similar line inlay, central star, French feet and serpentine skirting, eight-day time and strike movement with rack and snail strike, iron weights and pendulum, ht. 96 in..

Other examples extant of cases attributed to or labeled by Wood and Taylor include an example at Winterthur and illustrated in Bishop and Diston, The American Clock, p. 55 and a more complicated inlaid example on GarySullivanAntiques.com
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Feet and skirting are quality restorations. Object right foot and partial side skirt needs to be re-glued. Waist door with saw cuts and stabilizing board to prevent further warping, case refinished, minor inlay repairs, movement cleaned recently.

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Jacob Taylor, Robert Wood