Tall Clock

Unidentified maker, New York City; retailed by Effingham Embree (1758-1817), New York City Maker
1795-1796 Date:
Mahogany, mahogany veneers, eastern white pine, cherry, and light wood inlays, and oil paint. Brass and painted iron face. Materials
94 3/8 H x 20 1/2 W x 10 D Dimensions

Engraved on face of pendulum: Peter Gansevoort Junr / B 1749 D 1812 / Albany, N.Y. / Bought of / Effingham Embree / New York City / November 30, 1795. Also four corner remnants of paper label attached to inner case behind pendulum.

Descended through the family from General Pieter Gansevoort, Jr., the original purchaser of the clock Provenance
Gift of the Estate of Catherine Gansevoort Lansing Credit
1919.4.4 Accession number

In 1795 or 1796, General Pieter Gansevoort, Jr., purchased this handsome tall clock from retailer Effingham Embree of New York City, and brought it upriver to his Albany home. It is possible, but not confirmed, that the clock was made by Gansevoort's first cousin, the well-known New York City cabinetmaker Thomas Burling. Superior workmanship and selection of wood veneers for the clock case place this in the first rank of New York City cabinetwork from the early Federal period.

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