IMPORTANT AMERICAN FOLK ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF BOBBI AND RALPH TERKOWITZ
The majority of the clocks manufactured by the Bailey family are eight-day clocks with brass or enameled dials. Some extant examples have unusual skeletonized movement plates and gearing arrangements. Other examples with brass dials inscribed John Bailey, Hanover have thirty-hour wood movements that closely relate to movements made by the Cheney family of East Hartford, Connecticut. The Bailey family of clockmakers may also have been the first manufacturers of the dwarf tall-case clock.
The dial of this shelf clock, signed on the back J. MINOT 93, by J. Minot, a clock dial painter working in Boston circa 1790 to 1820. The case features a distinctive scalloped crest and a cyma-shaped mid-molding more regularly seen on clocks manufactured in Norwich, Connecticut by the clockmaker Thomas Harland. Among those cabinetmakers known to have provided cases for Bailey's clocks between 1784 and 1814 are Abial White, Ellis Dammon, Abner Hersey and Theodore Cushing. Other clocks that feature a similar crest and mid-molding include: a tall-case clock in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (see Hecksher, Morrison H., American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1985, no. 194); a tall-case clock in the collection of the U.S. Department of State (see Conger, Clement, Treasures of State: Fine and Decorative Arts in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State, New York, 1991, no. 95); and a tall-case clock in the collection of the Society of the Founders of Norwich, Connecticut (see The Society of the Founders of Norwich, Craftsmen & Artists of Norwich, Stonington, Connecticut, 1965, p. 26).
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