Scottish George III Golden Oak Tall Case Clock, c. Early 19th Century
Face painted "James Alexander, Turriff", Falseplate stamped Finnemore & Sons, Height reduced
Item # 130102PWP01
This Scottish George III Tall Case Grandfather Clock is a fine specimen, crafted during the first years of the 19th Century and reduced during the 20th Century to give it a more desirable height for smaller homes. Entirely crafted of Golden Oak for the primary surfaces, both in solid and veneers, it has a caramelized warmth to the finish with a fine preserved patination beneath the later shellac.
Featuring a broken-arch pediment with an incredible stamped brass rosette, the hood is raised on reeded columns with brass mounts flanking a tombstone glazed-glass door over the painted dial. The door is crafted with through-tenon joinery of the secondary surfaces, covered with the thick golden oak veneers. The arch is painted with a stuffed Cornucopia, each spandrel likewise embellished with gilt highlights around Roman Numeral hour ring with Arabic Numerals bordering this in fifteen-minute intervals. The center is inscribed "James Alexander Turriff", probably the retailer of this clock in Scotland. The back of the falseplate is impressed by the maker of the movement, Finnemore & Son, presumably the firm active in Birmingham around 1810-35. Original glazed-glass windows on either side of the works allow you to peer into the movement.
The shaft has a tombstone door with a rounded lip-molding, opening on original brass hinges to reveal the paint decorated iron pendulum and two weights. It has a lock, the key still available and functional (though bent) with the original brass escutcheon on the outside of the door. The corners of the shaft are embellished with reeded quarter-columns with turned caps, these both likely reduced along with the case. The clock rests over a plain molded base with a restrained scroll-cut apron and feet.
This is a simply outstanding selection for anyone with a smaller space looking for a tall case clock that will not dominate the room. It is not a collector quality work, having been reduced, but great respect was clearly shown by the craftsman to preserve this piece despite the owner's request to have it reduced in height, the integrity of the case and design unaltered and untouched, leaving very little evidence of a reduction. With a fine glowing patina throughout, this antique tall case clock clock makes an absolutely gorgeous presentation. It is a fine piece you will certainly cherish for a lifetime.
Measurements: 18 5/8" wide x 10" deep x 82 3/8" high; 18 1/2" base height (from floor to top of first molding); 36 1/8" shaft height (from top of first molding to top of second molding beneath the hood); 26 1/2" hood height (from beneath the hood to top of arch)
Condition Report: Height was reduced to give it the simply endearing dimensions that border closely between a Dwarf clock and Tall Case clock (note the added pine strips at either foot on the back). Hinges on both doors are original, all glass panes are original, finials are replaced (and do not fit in the holes properly - we will ship this to you with the finials removed and the middle finial will need to be glued in upon receipt as the backing has been lost over time). Oak veneers with cracking and restoration here and there throughout, patches to both rear feet, tiny chip at right corner of base molding. Works are untested, appear to have all parts in order, but the cord has twisted in the works and the pendulum keeper is bent. Board on the bottom of the case is replaced (underside). The clock works are original to the case, only two holes on either side of the seat-board and case.
Item ID: 130102PWP01
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