Lot 268
Rare North Carolina Chippendale Sulfur Inlaid Walnut Tall Case Clock
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Alamance County, Cane Creek Settlement, circa 1797, yellow pine secondary, distinctive bonnet featuring an applied cove molded broken arch pediment, applied fluted tympanum surmounted by three turned finials, the frieze with distinctive inlaid dots and applied thin molding, brass face featuring a second hand, date aperture, Roman numerals, Arabic seconds and fleur de lis between hours, hinged tombstone door with applied three-quarter turned columns, paneled sides, the case featuring an upper applied cove molding above a hinged waist door with banded inlay surround and central sulfur inlaid "T*B / 1797", lower pendulum window within brass ring, molded quarter columns, base again with applied stepped molding, raised lower panel, applied ogee bracket feet, with pendulum, clock key, and two weights.

96 in. to finial (89.5 in. to hood) x 18.5 x 11 in.

For insights into this exceptional Southern clock, please see The Early Furniture of North Carolina's Cane Creek Settlement, an informative and beautifully illustrated essay by June Lucas appearing on pages 102-145 in American Furniture 2016 (Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 2016). The author provides an historical and cultural backdrop for the Cane Creek area of central North Carolina before delving into the rich furniture traditions of the region. Among the pieces photographed and discussed are two tall case clocks with dated sulfur inlays and general decorative elements that conform with those of the clock presented here.

Finials with chips and losses, but appear original; missing applique to upper pediment of dial; small break and repair above left molded corner at waist; break and repair to wood sliver at upper rear left case side; Please See Terms and Conditions of Sale: Clocks and Watches.

$5,000 - 10,000