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A Rare Art Nouveau Marquetry Galle Japanesque Inlay Tall Case Clock, Walter Durfee, Providence, RI, c.1890


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At the turn of the century, embellishment took a turn toward more naturalistic inlay representing flowers, poppies, etc. in a Japanesque context. This is the only time we have seen this used in a clock.  Walter Durfee, of Providence, RI was credited with the rebirth of the tall case clock.  He introduced long tube chimes imported from England, which made him famous...he held the patent.

The cabinetry is absolutely first class.  Note the very developed paw feet of large size.  The spiral columns with carved colonettes are the work of a first class shop producing the finest work of its time.  The finial is also interesting in its design.  While derived from a colonial form, all of the carved details are somewhat expressive of a later style  and individualistic with no exact comparatives to earlier forms.  This is an important clock and a one of a kind interpretation of the Art Nouveau/Japanesque.

Height: 100 1/2 in.  Width: 25 1/2 in.  Depth: 12 3/8
$35,000
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