Eli Porter Inlaid Tall Case Clock
Williamstown, MA., ca. 1810.
Cherry, mahogany, various woods for inlay
Condition: Excellent condition, (see condition report).
Highly inlaid formal cherry tall case clock made and signed by Eli Porter on bothe the dial and the movement. The form of this clock is quite unique and follows very closely the work of Daniel Porter, Eli’s uncle, who trained and worked with Eli in Williamstown. Daniel Porter was an apprentice to Daniel Burnap in East Windsor, CT which shows in the quality of the movements produced by the Porters. This particular example has truly exceptional and diverse dark and and light colored inlays throughout the case. The case, which also has wonderful form, was likely made in the neaby Berkshire region and rivals the inlay work done in any of the major cities in the Northeast at that time. This very clock appears in two books, Wallace Nutting’s Furniture Treasury; Volume two, figure 3267 and in Brooks Palmer’s The Book of American Clocks, figure 49. Superior original condition. Research and information by David A. Sperling. For further information see his aricale in Maine Antique Digest: Eli Porter, Clockmaker of Williamstown, MA, Nov. 2016.
Dimensions: 89 1/2"h (top finial), 19 1/2"w (bonnet), 9 1/2" d (furthest point)
Item ID: F-RP-CLK 018