Burleigh Girandole Clock with Thermometer Throat Glass
Ted Burleigh Girandole #53 - Ca. 1988. Ted & Fran Burleigh formed the Gilders Workshop in 1972 and in 1973 they had the opportunity to disassemble and measure and then make the plans to replicate an original L. Curtis Girandole. The Girandole case itself is considered by many to be the most elegant American clock design with the finely hand-carved eagle finial and acanthus leaf bracket set off by forty-nine burnished gold trim balls. All aspects of building the exact copy of the Curtis clock were performed by the Burleigh husband & wife team in their own shop to ensure replication accuracy and quality control. There were a very limited number of these Girandoles produced by the Gilders Workshop and even fewer with the very desirable thermometer throat glass and superb Washington Independence door glass which is signed by the artist, Frances D. Burleigh, and dated 1988. This is the finest example that I have seen. Short of spending hundreds of thousands for one of the few original Curtis Girandole’s extant this beautiful clock by Ted Burleigh is as close to an affordable original as it gets for the serious collector of fine timepieces. This clock is in exceptional condition in every way.