Oliver Brackett’s Clock Dwarf Contest at Skinner, Inc’s Auction
MARLBOROUGH, MASS. – Skinner, Inc for 2022 has introduced a new sales format in the clocks, watches and scientific instruments department led by Jonathan Dowling. The company has four sales held this year, with a variety of watches offered in all four sales and clocks and instruments making periodic appearances. The first sale ran from March 21-31 and featured classic sports and dress wristwatches as well as a variety of contemporary and vintage pieces. A red-stained maple Oliver Brackett dwarf clock, Vassalboro, Maine, circa 1840s, jumped from its $10/15,000 estimate to land at $118,750, including the buyer’s premium. It featured a flat-topped case with a hinged top door, a shelf decorated with flowers painted upside down, and an iron dial with Roman numerals painted with a black outline. Marked “O. Brackett Vassalboro”, its waist door had applied moldings and rested on a high scrollwork base. It was 29 inches high and was driven by a 30-hour weight movement with iron plates, a weight pewter and a brass-faced pendulum. The sale catalog noted that a similar clock is shown in furniture treasure by Wallace Nutting (1928), plate 3420, and this specific clock is pictured in a March 1950 Eugene J. Sussel advertisement in Antiques Magazine.
Other highlights of this sale will be discussed in a follow-up review.