MAJOR TIMOTHY CHANDLER (1762-1848)
Federal Painted Tall-Case Clock
Concord, New Hampshire, circa 1810
Birch, white pine, brass works, painted iron face, original brass finials, with original red paint, 92 x 20 x 9 ½ inches
Saddle board stamped twice: “T.CHANDLER.”
With its rare original paint and handsome form, this is the finest known examples of a red-painted country Federal tall clock with original works by Major Timothy Chandler, one of the most celebrated New Hampshire clockmakers. It was formerly in the collection of Charles S. Parsons, Jr., a noted scholar of New Hampshire decorative arts, best known for the book The Dunlaps & Their Furniture. In 1976 Parsons described this clock as: “Figure 17… in its original red paint. Although it does not carry quarter columns in the waist, the size of the door adds an attractive appearance of pleasing proportions. The details of construction also indicate an experienced cabinetmaker who added a scrolled skirt and delicate fretwork.”
Collection of Charles S. Parsons, Jr.
Charles S. Parsons, Jr. New Hampshire Clocks & Clockmakers (Exeter, NH, 1976), pp. 22-23.