A Federal mahogany inlaid tall case clock

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Lot 3065W
A Federal mahogany inlaid tall case clock

Sold for US$ 29,375 inc. premium
A Federal mahogany inlaid tall case clock
The dial inscribed Benjamin Witman, Reading, Pennsylvania
Late 18th century

The hood with swan's neck pediment and carved sunflower bosses divided and flanked by brass finials above inlaid panels depicting flowering urns above an arched glazed door opening to a white painted dial with spandrels representing the Four Seasons, calendar dial, Arabic chapter ring, a moon phase aperture painted with an eagle with a shield and the figure of Hope with an anchor, and an inset medallion pianted with Father Time, signed Benjamin Witman, READING, above a waisted case with cockbeaded door centering a medallion inlaid with an eagle standing on a tree stump holding a shield with thirteen vertical stripes and eight horizontal stripes, a pennant with sixteen stars in his mouth, between line inlaid stiles over a box base with chevron banding and a flowering urn above a scalloped apron raised on French feet.
Height 8ft 5¾in (2.58m); width 20in (51cm); depth 10¾in (27cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Henry Scholl (d.1833), Frederick, Maryland,
    to Christiana Feaga Scholl (d.1862),
    to David J. Markey,
    to Henry Scholl Markey (1839-1908), Frederick, Maryland and San Francisco, California,
    to Ruth Markey Carter (b.1874),
    to Isabel Carter Taylor,
    to Lloyd and Dorris Taylor

    This clock came to San Francisco in 1879 with Henry Scholl Markey. During the 1906 earthquake and ensuing fire, the clock was removed from the family home on Ocatvia Street, and was wrapped in a mattress and stewarded away to safety by a passer-by, later returned to the family by the anonymous neighbor.
A Federal mahogany inlaid tall case clock
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