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Lot 152: Simon Willard Labeled Tall Case Clock
May 18, 2013
Knoxville , TN, USALive Auction
Description: Simon Willard Tall Case Clock, mahogany "Roxbury" case with original Isaiah Thomas paper label. Arched bonnet top with three brass finials raised on plinths, joined by carved pierced scrolling fretwork. Arched dial with painted landscape, depicting two boys fishing in the foreground and a bridge with church steeple visible in the background. Painted spandrels having a gilt grapeleaf and floral/strawberry design. Face painted with roman numerals (seconds above) and "Warranted by Simon Willard Roxbury." Original serpentine blued and pierced steel hands. The face is framed by two fluted columns with Doric brass capitals, a design element that repeats on the waist and terminates in brass stop-fluting. Waist door has molded edges enclosing a narrow band of contrasting wood inlay which is repeated on the base. Door interior bears Isaiah Thomas-engraved paper label along with carved dates of past maintenance dating from 1865 along with the name "Pevear" (possibly the name of the clock's original owner). Original flared feet (one repaired). Original 8 day brass works with likely original steel bell. 90"H (not including fretwork and finial) 99"H(including fretwork and finial) x 19-1/2"W x 10"D. Massachusetts, circa 1800. Provenance: the estate of Margaret Wemyss Connor, purchased from the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Will Scott of Gallatin, Tennessee in 1964.
Condition Report: Case refinished with some areas of minor and expected shrinkage, most noticeably on base; small (under 1" ) triangular veneer patch at right hand front corner of base. At least one finial is an old replacement. Some cracking to top of hood. Repairs to fretwork on clock's top right. Some light crazing present to dial but all print on dial is crisp and clean and blacklight shows no evidence of touchups to painting; iron face plate is original. Weights are old but may not be original. Brass bob on pendulum old but probably not original; bears scratched inscription "August 1865". Missing crank at time of examination. Professional examination of clock works shows they have been well maintained with normal and customary refurbishments (details on request) and are in good working order. Original untouched seatboard; glass in hood also appears original.