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Premier Auction - Session II

Sat, Mar 26, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 793

Rare Virginia Federal Mahogany Tall Case Clock

Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

dial signed "Edward Wanton, Richmond", circa 1800, arched and painted dial with floral cornucopias, brick red and mustard yellow spandrels, seconds sweep, brass works, waisted mahogany case with walnut banding, reeded quarter columns with brass Corinthian columns and bases, original French feet, arched hood with pierced fretwork and brass finials, original yellow pine saddle board, white pine secondary, pendulum and two weights, 97 x 20 x 10 in.

Note: Richmond clock and watchmaker Edward Wanton (1773-1813) is recorded in the MESDA craftsman index as well as in James Whisker, Virginia Clockmakers and Watchmakers, 1660-1860. Wanton advertised his services in the Argus in 1799 and 1801 and again in 1807. His estate inventory lists extensive watchmaker's tools as well as various clock and watch implements. We are not aware of any other known surviving works by this rare Richmond, Virginia maker.


dial in good condition with even craquelure, typical losses at mounting posts, minor losses and one abrasion at arch, case good overall, shrinkage crack at top of hood door, minor cracks and repairs to fretwork (originality of fretwork uncertain), case with typical minor veneer flaws and repairs at banding, very small chip at one front toe, patch at lock catch for door, slight sun fading, original feet and most blocking, skirt replaced