George III Chippendale Style Japanned Dwarf "Grandmother" Tall Case Clock, Early 20th Century
Item # 130001LGH27
This is a wonderful decorative piece, an early 20th Century George III Chippendale Style Antique Tall Case Clock of diminutive proportions, sometimes referred to as a "Grandmother's Clock". With ebonized black lacquered surfaces throughout, the bright and interesting painted scenes of the Orient strike a fine contrast and are clearly brought to the forefront of the overall design.
The tombstone door mirrors the form of the hood, both doors opening as an entire panel to reveal the spaces behind. The dial shows some fine brass work with a Roman Numeral hour ring bordered by Arabic Numerals in intervals of five. The top is an round engraved script noting "Tempus Fugit", Latin for "time flies", a quite common inscription for case clocks.
While in fine condition visually, we have not tested the works (see notes below) - the clock appears to be undisturbed, for the most part, maintaining original surfaces throughout along with all original hardware. The dimensions are absolutely charming, and these dimensions are hopefully conveyed clearly with the photograph of the clock beside a chair of the same decade.
While certainly being a forceful presence, it does not overwhelm a room, thus requiring no changes to other decorations in order to be a comfortable part of any room. This is an antique tall case clock that anyone can enjoy, particularly as it is not a collector oriented piece, but rather a work that can be appreciated without any context or explanation. This is a piece you will certainly find bringing great cheer and visual interest to your home for many years to come.
Measurements: 64 1/2" high x 11" wide at the hood (13" wide at the feet) x 10" deep
Condition Report: Minor scrapes and rubs to the paint, including a slightly abraded surface with vertical craquelure on right side of the hood. A tiny chip and small scarred area at the back of the top of the hood. Light wear to the feet, as expected. Works are untested, appearing to be missing one chime from the left side of the works, missing the winding key, the leftmost strike on the left side of the works with a solder repair, the screw securing the works to the seat board absent on right side of works. Slightly wobbly without a pad under one foot. Overall, a very attractive piece.
Item ID: 130001LGH27
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