Thoreau MacDonald

Tall-case Clock

1929-1930
Thoreau MacDonald, son of Group of Seven member J.E.H. MacDonald, was a noted graphic designer. In 1929 he designed the furnishings for "Pinebrook" a house being constructed for artist Doris Huestis Mills and advertising executive Gordon Mills in Toronto. A pine motif was frequently employed as a decorative theme as were trilliums, fleur-de-lys and Canadian birds. The top of the trestle table was cut from an older table and the clock case predates the clock face and door handle designed by Thoreau. "Astra Castra' Numen Lumen" (The Stars my Camp, the deity my Light) is inscribed on the table and "Iure Divino" (Divine Law) on the clock face.
Title
Tall-case Clock
Date
1929-1930
Medium
Decorative Arts
Materials
softwood with mahogany stain, forged steel handle, glass,steel and brass face, mechanism, and weights
Dimensions
246.5 x 43.3 x 29.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of Rosemary Speirs, Pickering, Ontario, 2002, in memory of Doris and Murray Speirs
Accession number
41100

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