Delightful Painted Clock Face

Northeast, ca. 1820. Colorful painting on pine, featuring a polychrome bird in profile perched upon expressive flowers and vining, which are echoed in the four corners balancing the dial. Note how the numeral ‘4’ is represented as IIII, as was typical on earlier sun and clock dials. Tall case clocks were often the collaboration of a maker of the works, the case, and an artist, who painted the dial. This clock face is particularly imaginative and pleasing. About 17 1/8 inches tall x 12 wide. The best example I have acquired in a long time.

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