A Chippendale carved mahogany tall case clock, works signed John Fessler, Late 18th/ early 19th century
Lot 1056W
A Chippendale carved walnut tall case clock
Sold for US$ 17,925 inc. premium

Lot Details
A Chippendale carved walnut tall case clock
John Fessler (Sr.)
Frederick, Maryland
late 18th century

The molded swan’s neck pediment divided and flanked by flame finials on fluted pilasters and terminating in carved marigolds above a dentilated frieze over a glazed door flanked by fluted columns and opening to an arched painted dial with Arabic chapter ring, seconds and calendar dial, flower and fruit spandrels and a moon phase dial painted with a ship at sea and a waterfront homestead, signed John Fessler/Fredericktown, above a waisted case centering a door headed by a stylized swan’s neck and shell motif flanked by fluted quarter columns over a box base with shaped panel, raised on ball and claw feet.
height 8ft 10 3/4in (2.68m); width 23in (58cm); depth 13 1/2in (34cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    by purchase or descent to Alfred L. Baker, Chicago
    to Isabel Baker Welch
    to her son, the present owner

    John Fessler was born in Switzerland in 1759 and emigrated to America in 1771, first living in Philadelphia, then Germantown, then Lancaster, then after a tour as a private in the Revolutionary Army, finally settled in Frederick, Maryland. One of the most productive of the many clockmakers in Frederick, he estimated to have made more than 1000 clocks in his lifetime. His son John Jr. was also a clockmaker.
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