See The E. F. Caldwell & Co. Collection at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Library, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, for a black and white photograph, numbered a29403, showing the same model of mantle clock.
From its establishment in 1895, Edward F. Caldwell and Company of New York ranked among the leading American designers of light fixtures, objects of virtue, decorative works of art and often, as in the present lot, utilitarian decorative objects using expensive exotic veneers and intricate applied neo-renaissance decoration. In the late 1880s he met his future partner, Victor F. von Lossberg. The two acquired their own foundry in 1901 at 38 West Fifteenth Street, New York.
Overall in very good condition and presentation; original two-tone gilding; tarnishing and wear around gilt-bronze base; very minute chips to marble edges; original engraved hands slightly loose; no key; no pendulum; hole to clock face above the hands probably for the makers plaque. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.