Greene · Newport
Goddard Tall-Case Clock
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
in wavy antique glass. The bonnet is of mortise and tenon and dovetail
construction, with a single elegant dovetail pin 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.