Levi Pitkin of East Hartford, Connecticut Inlaid Mahogany Tall Case Clock, circa 1790s
The case of beautiful proportions is band inlaid on the door and base panel and stands on slightly splayed and flared feet with delicate returns. The clock waist is fitted with a band inlaid rectangular door and the sides are fitted with quarter columns which terminate in reeded capitals. The bonnet is embellished with scrolled fretwork which is supported with one fluted plinth flanked by two others and three ball and spike brass finials. The painted iron dial is signed “LEVI PITKIN – East Hartford, and the time ring is painted with Roman numeral hour figures and Arabic numerals are used for the five-minute markers. The dial also displays the date of the month calendar and the seconds are on a secondary dial. The four spandrels are delicately painted with flower blossoms and the arch is decorated with a bird on a branch. The eight-day clock is weight driven and the support plate to the dial signed WILSON.
Levi Pitkin was born February 23, 1774 in East Hartford, Connecticut and apprenticed with Daniel Burnap, an accomplished clockmaker/silversmith from Windsor, Connecticut around 1787.
Height 91 in. Width 18 ¾ in.
Provenance: Estate of Linda Loring, 6 Louisburg Square, Boston
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