Several people took notice of the geometric inlay on the base of the George Hoff clock and case dated 1768 shown in the previous post on “A Collector’s Vision: Highlights from the Dietrich American Foundation”, and asked about the related inlay on the wardrobe – or schrank – I mentioned in an answer to a comment.
It is unusual that none of the three elements that make up the design have a vertical or horizontal orientation. This is true of the similar inlay on the two related schranks. The effect is clearly intentional, but why this is so, or where the inspiration for the design comes from is still a mystery. After preliminary research and discussion with other furniture historians, I’m at a loss for the associations the design would have had for the furniture maker or the owners of this furniture. If anyone has a resource for this design they would like to share, I would gladly cite them in future articles apropos the clock!
Below are images of the three objects with this inlaid design. On the clock case, the design is executed in pewter stringing and crossbanded veneer. On the two schranks the inlay is accomplished by molten sulfur being poured into channels cut in the wood, then leveled when cooled and hardened.