A dramatic pagoda topped lacquered tall case clock highlights this weeks offerings. In the late 1700s Chinoiserie design was in great demand as an interior fashion. This particular type of tall clock was decorated on a pine case of architectural interest. Often painted by immigrant Chinese painters, the style was particularly artful with oriental scenes carefully drawn in detail.
The unique part of this example is the vignette at the center of the waist door which portrays a young man in formal English costume presenting a flower to a young English woman.
Here are more images of the original finish on this intriguing tall clock. A view of the vignette, like an old Master painting on the waist door.
We have the old cast iron weights and pendulum. The period eight day brass movement appears to run and strike but we have not had it set up yet.
Below is the painted face incorporating floral painted corners.
There is a second hand and a date dial.
H. 91′, w. 18″, d. 9.5″. $2800.