A distinctive Sheraton dwarf clock, by John Gains, Portsmouth, New Hampshire circa 1825. This extraordinary dwarf clock is an important example not only for the success of the distinct form and proportions but it is the singular known example from this rare Portsmouth clockmaker. The mahogany case features a crossbanded dial door and a bookmatched lower panel. The kidney shaped dial is signed within a gilt flourish, "John Gains, / Portsmouth / N-H". Four vase form finals rest atop turned and reeded legs. Height overall: 42".
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