French Empire Gilt-Mounted Mahogany Tall Case Clock c. 1890-1910, Original label by RJ Horner Co, New York
Item # 120106LNP24
This tall case clock is crafted of the finest solid mahogany and mahogany veneers, bringing a visually stunning deep red to the entire case. The triangular crest is mounted with a gilt metal classical scene of a Putto in a chariot, leading horses through the heavens. This piece lifts from the top over round dowels. The clock case is in two parts, the lower pedestal and the upper clock case. The clock case is framed in two tapered pillars, each capped by Egyptian masks over anthemion mounts over tiny gilt feet at the bottom of the pillars. The clock face is symmetrically detailed with gilt metal mounts around a white porcelain face, black painted with Roman Numerals and intense chased brass at the center and around the edges. A mask of Dionysus hangs as the pendulum in an original glass window. Side doors on either side of the clock open over original hinges to allow access to the clock without moving it. The back of the clock also boasts a door, upholstered in Needlework & Aubusson, opening to broadly reveal the works and interior.
The clock rests over a pedestal lower section, crafted of solid mahogany pillars capped by palmettes. The back of the clock is heavily oxidized, nearly black in some areas. An original label on the back of the clock reads:
"Imported from Paris by RJ Horner & Co, Furniture Makers, 61, 63, 65 West 23rd Street, NEW YORK"
This is an absolutely gorgeous work of art. Imported and retailed by the premier furniture company of the period, R.J. Horner, this fine clock is sure to complete that special space in your home in a perfect way.
Measurements: 24" wide x 13 1/2" deep x approximately 86" high; lower piece is 37 1/8" high; top piece is 39 1/4" high; crest triangle is 9 3/4" high
Condition Report: Finish with overall good color, a nice deep red in the mahogany throughout. Minor dings, veneer damage, abrasions (particularly to the left corner of the pedestal). Some buckling of woods, not in a visually detracting way, but more notable from the inside of the clock case - also some of the veneers inside the clock are absent and peeling. Needlepoint & Aubusson upholstery on the door w/ some staining, holes and other defects. It appears to be original. Tiny doors flanking the clock have working locks and a tiny original key, replaced hinge screws, original hinges; the gilt metal frame around each door loose in some areas and missing a few hardware nails here and there. Triangular crest gilt metal mount of a slightly different gold than some other pieces - it appears to be original as there are no extra holes on the board. Gilt-metal work throughout of a medium crispness/detail - overall fine accent pieces, but not of the highest level of craftsmanship. Some random holes beneath round rosettes flanking the lower corners of the glass window - it suggests the rosettes are added. Clock face has some wear, the name in black now illegible. Two straps lock the clock face in from the inside; these are not currently screwed into their holes. Clock works appear to be complete, though somewhat bent and out of line - they will need to be serviced by a professional to repair the bends and realign. Glass window appears to be original. Overall very sturdy condition and visually very handsome throughout.
Item ID: 120106LNP24
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