Digital Commonwealth

Wall Clock

Item Information

Title:
Wall Clock
Description:
Eagle finial (wings open, head turned to left); circular face with Arabic numbers; convex glass, gilt balls encircle frame; trapazoidal waist inset with thermometer scaled from "Extra Cold" to "Water Boils;" glass cover over thermometer has reverse painted border; pierced brass scrolls terminating with rosettes at either end flank the waist; circular base with carved acanthus pendant and covex glass cover, vignette of an allegorical figure identified as "Commerce" drawn through the ocean by sea horses, accompanied by attendant, putti, a cornucopia, an American flag and eagle, door frame decorated with gilt balls, entire exterior of clock is gilded.
Maker:
Curtis, Lemuel
Date:
1811–1821
Format:
Objects/Artifacts
Genre:
carving (processes)
gilding
glass (material)
metal
reverse painting on glass (image-making)
wood (plant material)
wall clocks
timepieces
Location:
Historic New England
Collection (local):
Digitized Museum Collections
Subjects:
acanthus (motif)
business (commercial function)
flags
putti (motifs)
Glass
Unidentified Metal
Carved
Painted
Eagle
Acanthus
Putti
Cornucopia
Flag
Commerce
Gilded
Places:
Massachusetts
New HampshireRockingham (county)Portsmouth
Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.)
Extent:
46.5 in. x 13.375 in. (H x W)
Link to Item:
Terms of Use:
Rights status not evaluated.
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Notes:
Gift of Ralph May
Accession #:
1971.604
Identifier:
5237