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William Cummens Mahogany Tall Clock with Rocking Ship Automaton

Auction:
2857M
Lot:
272
Sold for:
$24,600$20,000

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2857M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
October 31, 2015 10:00AM

Description:

William Cummens Mahogany Tall Clock with Rocking Ship Automaton, Roxbury, c. 1800, fret-top case with reeded plinths and brass finials, reeded and brass stop-fluted freestanding columns flanking the glazed hood door over the 12-in. painted iron Roman numeral dial with faint signature reading Warranted W. Cummens, with raised gilt floral decorated spandrels, and rocking ship flying the American flag automaton in the arch against a rocky coast with two ships and a tower flying the American flag, molded-edge rectangular waist door with banded and line inlays flanked by reeded columns, original set-up label pasted to interior, base with similar inlay treatment, all resting on a high French foot base, eight-day time, and hour strike, brass movement with pendulum, and two tin-cased weights, ht. 95 in.
Estimate $3,000-5,000

nice old surface, original fret with some losses at each end, dial paint original with weak signature, feet original with new rear bracket


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

William Cummens, Automaton, Inlay, Metalworking, Woodworking