A rare Chippendale antique tall case clock with pagoda top, marketed by Thomas Pearsall, New York City, circa 1774.
This is a rare example of a formal Chippendale tall case clock produced for well known New York City clockmaker, Thomas Pearsall. The impressive size and fine proportions together with the high quality mahogany in the case, indicate that this clock was produced for his wealthy clientele. Only a small number of clockmakers worked in 18th century New York City and this clock is one of a small group to survive. The composite brass dial indicates it was an early example retailed by Thomas Pearsall when he first established his shop around 1773. Pearsall worked on his own in the city for a very brief period and clocks bearing his name are exceedingly rare. Clocks signed by the partnership of Pearsall & Embree are also rare. The case features a molded pagoda top set with period turned wood finials. The hood is mounted with carved stop fluted colonnettes that bear original gilding. The brass dial has a wonderfully painted moon phase disk with moon faces and starry night skies. The dial is engraved in the arch above the lunette with the maker's name and locale “Thomas Pearsall York”. Pearsall was a clockmaker and an importer. It is well known that he ordered some of his clocks from England. This example is one of those. The dial inscription stating "York", rather than "New York" is an engravers interpretation of the locale. The brass eight-day movement is in fine working condition and has recently been professionally serviced.
Height with center finial: 109”; Width: 20 12”; Depth: 10 12”
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