American Folk Art Carved Female Watch Hutch with "Goddess & Moon" from Empire Period Circa 1820 to 1850 !!! Wood Folk Art imitates the more expensive French Gilt Gold Metal Mantle Clocks of the same period with small suppressed ball pad feet.
Female Goddess with outstretched Arm over the "Moon/Sun" was definitely Hand Carved by a Master Carver from the Period. Possibly from the New England States where most of the Carvers were employed as Ship Carvers, Statue Carvers,Cigar Wood Indians makers,etc. Construction of the Base and Pediment is Solid Wood Parts attached by 4 Square Pegs, and Wrought Iron nails, as seen on the Back and underneath. Crude Wood Planer Shave marks can be seen on the back of the Statue, and the Back & Bottom of the Platform Base. I removed the loose Statue from the Base to reveal the original "Tapered Wrought Iron Nail", photographed it (as seen in the last photo) then re-attached it tighter with wood glue and a clamp.
Only Restoration work done was the replacement of the missing Glass for the Hutch Window. I added this Quality Round Bevel-Cut Edge Glass with Brass Screws into the 2 pre-existing holes. There is a small simple strip of wood missing from the left hand side of the monument, which I will call "baseboard molding".
Measures : Overall Height is 14 inches, 9 3/4 inches Wide, and 4 3/4 inches Deep. Carved Goddess alone is 11 inches High.
Weight : 4 Pounds and 3.1 Ounces.
Possible goddess attributions : Goddess "Columbia" is a historical and poetic name used for the United States of America before 1920 usually depicted with a sword, being later replaced by mainstream ideas of "Liberty" like the Statue of Liberty. I believe this could also be one of 2 Greek goddesses representing "Hera" who was the Legal Wife to Zeus, or possibly "Pandrosos" the goddess of Agricultural Growth. Zeus could be the "Sun" god depicted under her arm, or a "Moon" for determining crop growth cycles.
Shipping ; Will ship out on the First Business Day following a Sunday after picking up from an Antique Mall. Or could be picked up in person at the Sundays only, Adamstown, PA. Antique Mall.
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