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April 28, 2017 10:00 AMCalender

J. Gooding Eight-day Mahogany Tall Clock

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Auction: Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 3003MLocation: MarlboroughDate / Time: April 28, 2017 10:00AM


J. Gooding Eight-day Mahogany Tall Clock, no. 20, Dighton, Massachusetts, c. 1795-1800, the hood with pierced fret, three plain plinths and brass finials, the arched and glazed hood door over the 12-in. painted iron dial signed Gooding/Dighton/No. 20, with floral spandrels, roman numerals and moon's age dial in the arch all flanked by freestanding brass stop-fluted columns, the rectangular waist door flanked by brass stop-fluted quarter-columns decorated with quarter fans, banding and line inlay with central marquetry inlay, the base with closely related inlays and classical urn marquetry all on a two-stage molding and ogee feet, eight-day time and strike movement powered by two tin-cased weights and regulated by a brass-faced pendulum and iron rod, ht. 92 in.

Note: The Gooding family of clockmakers were very prolific and spanned two generations. It is likely that this clock, simply signed "Gooding," was made by Joseph Gooding (1773-1853),as the eight known clocks made by Joseph are all sequentially numbered like this example; 2, 6, 8, 9, 10, 20, 22, and 38 are known. Joseph was one of the earliest makers in southeastern Massachusetts (Brock Jobe, Gary Sullivan, and Jack O'Brien, Harbor & Home, Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850, pp. 265-67).
Estimate $10,000-15,000

Fret appears to be the original, dial is undisturbed including the signature, feet are replacements, period weights and pendlum. Second wheel in the strike train has a broken pinion leaf. This is very repairable but potentially requires a professional clockmaker. Has door and winding keys.

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.


Gary Sullivan, Jack O'Brien, Brock Jobe, Joseph Gooding