A rare sulfur-inlaid Maryland tall clock by John Fessler



A rare Southern tall clock with sulfur inlay and an eight-day movement by John Fessler of Frederick, Maryland. The carved pinwheels on the hood and at the top of the pendulum door, as well as the reeded dentil below the hood and at the base, relate to other case furniture from Frederick, Maryland (see Sumpter Priddy and Joan Quinn, "Crossroads of Culture: 18th Century Furniture from Western Maryland," American Furniture journal 1997). The hood has the original owner's initials "J N" inlaid in sulfur--possibly for Johannes Nussbaum of Frederick. The use of sulfur inlay was introduced by Germanic craftsmen working in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, during the 1760s. It gradually spread to several other counties as well as Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Condition: one of the carved, urn-shape finials is original. Feet replaced.

 

 



Dealer Philip Bradley Antiques
Date: c. 1790
Origin Frederick, Maryland
Artist/Maker John Fessler
Measurements H. 96 1/4 inches
Inventory View Dealer's Inventory
Website https://www.incollect.com/professionals/dealers/philip-bradley-antiques
Price $17,500
Contact Philip Bradley, 302-299-6935 or  bradleyantiques@gmail.com

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