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Goddard Tall-Case Clock
mahogany, 96"h, 20½"w, 11"d  available

The Goddard tall-case clock is a stately example in the Newport style. Mahogany throughout, it features a blocked-front door with a Goddard curved-ray shell. Flanking the door are stop-fluted quarter columns with turned capitals and bases. The base has a central panel and it stands on delicate ogee feet. The case is of mortise-and-tenon construction throughout, as is the original. 

The bonnet has a double-molded arch and is crowned with three fluted urn-and-flame finials on plinths. The bonnet has fluted columns on either side of the door and half-columns at the rear. The side windows and the arched door are glazed with wavy antique glass. The bonnet is of mortise-and-tenon and dovetail construction, with a single elegant dovetail visible on either side of the upper bonnet frame. 

The movement is a precise, handcrafted replica of the period mechanism. It is an eight-day, weight-driven, brass movement with bell strike on the hour and a polished brass pendulum. The clock as shown has an engraved brass dial with second hand and calendar, but it may also be ordered with a painted steel dial. 

This Goddard tall-case clock replicates an important late 18th-century original in a private collection.  While there are many extant tall-case clocks in the Newport style, some with a loose Goddard attribution, this original is the only one that can be authenticated with certainty to the Goddard shop. This is important because it identifies the design and construction details of Goddard tall-case clocks, making it a “Rosetta Stone” for authenticating or attributing others.

 

Newport Tall-Case Clock
mahogany, 100"h, 20"w, 10½"d

The Newport tall-case clock is a majestic example of the Goddard/Townsend school and is typical of Newport clock case design. It is mahogany with a blocked-front door and Newport curved-ray shell. On either side of the door are stop-fluted quarter columns with turned capitals and bases. The base has a central panel with mahogany crotch graining and it stands on delicate ogee feet. The case construction is mortise and tenon throughout, as are the originals. 

The bonnet has a double-molded arch with three fluted urn and flame finials on plinths. The bonnet has fluted columns on either side of the door at the front and rear. The two side windows and the arched door are glazed in wavy antique glass. The bonnet is of mortise-and-tenon and dovetail construction, with decorative mahogany crotch veneer on the upper bonnet frame to balance the grain of the base. As with most Newport clocks, the use of brass is limited to the hinges and knobs, with column bases and capitals and finials made of mahogany.

The movement is a historically accurate, handcrafted replica of the original. It is a weight-driven, eight-day brass movement with bell strike on the hour and a polished brass pendulum. This is shown with a painted steel dial with a rocking ship, but it may also be ordered with a solid painted dial, moon dial, or an engraved brass dial. 

ref. Sack p. 135

 

Willard Tall-Case Clock
with moving moon
mahogany, mahogany veneers, holly and ebony inlays, 95"h, 20"w, 10"d

The familiar Willard Roxbury case with mahogany crotch veneer door and base panel. The base and waist door have string inlays with quarter fans. The fluted quarter columns and hood columns are fitted with brass bases and capitals and brass stop-fluting. The fluted plinths are topped with brass ball and spire finials.

The movement is an eight-day weight driven movement that replicates the original precisely. This clock is shown with a moving moon calendar dial.

Ref. Sack p. 138

 

Willard Tall-Case Clock
with rocking ship
mahogany, holly and ebony inlays, 90"h, 20"w, 10"d

An example of the Willard Roxbury case but with slightly less height than others.  This one is restrained in its ornament, using  figured solid mahogany with string inlay and inlaid quarter fans.  Here the plinths are inlaid rather than fluted.  Like the other Willards, it has fluted quarter columns and hood columns with brass bases and capitals with brass stop-fluting.

The movement is an eight-day weight driven movement that replicates the original precisely. This clock is shown with a painted rocking ship dial.