A Fine Federal Giltwood And Eglomisé Presentation Patent Timepiece, By Leonard W. Noyes, Nashua New Hampshire, Circa 1825-30.
This handsome clock is an example of the successful form, patented by Simon Willard in 1802 as the “Improved Timepiece”, but is more commonly referred to as a “banjo” clock. The highly ornament style, with gilt rope moldings and a carved bracket base, is referred to as a “presentation” clock. This example survives in superlative condition with a wonderful surface throughout and immaculate reverse tablets
The drum head is fitted a gilt and sand work acorn-form finial above a glazed and molded brass bezel. The bezel opens to a painted iron dial with Roman numerals. The dial is in remarkable original condition with even crazing. The center arbor is mounted with the original steel arrow-form hands. The dial is signed with the maker’s name below the center arbor: “Warranted / by / J. W. Noyes”.
Pierced brass sidearms flank a tapered trapezoidal throat panel. The side arms feature distinctive notched spacer in an hour glass form found on New Hampshire banjo clocks. The throat is decorated with a classical gilt floral and fruit motif with blue and red highlights on a white ground.
The lower rectangular panel has an elaborate and vibrant polychrome decoration of a female deity driving a chariot before a sunburst. The image represents Aurora the Roman personification of the dawn. The rebirth of Classical themes during the early years of the new nation popularized these dramatic images that emerge in the material culture of the period.
The lower panel is within a hinged door that opens to the brass-capped pendulum. The clock terminates in a reeded gilt bracket with decorative spherules and an acorn drop.
Dimensions: Height with finial: 41 ½””; Width 10 ¾”; Depth 3 1/2”
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