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Uncategorized April, 7 2010

A rare and highly important animated dwarf clock, by John Bailey Jr., Hanover, Massachusetts, circa 1815.

Too special not to share –

This highly important clock is an early example of the rare diminutive “dwarf” clocks produced in the Southeastern Massachusetts area.  The bulk of American dwarf clocks were produced in Plymouth county by the influential Bailey family of clockmakers or by the apprentices they trained.  This sophisticated early case is fashioned after a full size Chippendale case and is fitted with an exceedingly rare animated rider on horseback.  Only two other examples of an animated dwarf clock are known.   The combination of the very rare dwarf clock form, an animated movement, outstanding condition and first rate pedigree from the Barbour collection, truly distinguish this clock as a superlative example.  Height including center finial: 49 ½”, Width at hood: 12 ¼”  Depth at hood: 5 ”.

From Gary R. Sullivan Antiques.

View the clock in full glory after the jump.

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