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    Henry Clay: A Wonderful Large Mantel Clock with Reverse Glass Portrait. A youthful Clay is depicted on one panel, his Kentucky home Ashland on the other. The depiction of Ashland is interesting, as it does not show the wings on either side which were added over the period from 1811 to 1814. While this clock is clearly not of that vintage, typically examples with two horizontal painted panels are earlier than most of the single-panel designs. We have seen one other clock in this style with Jackson's portrait, so it seems dating to the late 1820s to early 1830s is likely.

    This clock is an "old friend" of sorts, having been acquired by the consigner on a trade with your writer nearly 50 years ago. It was considered a highly important piece at the time, traded for a group of rare celluloids whose value approached Cox-Roosevelt range.

    This is an attractive walnut-veneer clock, in very nice overall display condition for the type, with the expected minor defects. As usual, it is not in working order. The finish is generally pleasing, with minor cracking and bubbling. The Clay portrait is exceptionally fine. The image of Ashland does show some typical bubbling and flaking, but as the photo shows it is largely intact and shows well. The clock measures 38.375" x 18.125" x 6.875". One of the great early political display items!
    From the collection of Robert and Julie Sterling.


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    May, 2019
    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
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