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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF637

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Squire Millerd, 1749 - 1820
Alternate spelling(s): Squire Millard

Dimensions

217.17 x 43.815 x 25.4 cm (85 1/2 x 17 1/4 x 10 in.)

Date

1770–1790

Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society

Geography

Made in Warwick, Rhode Island
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Medium

Cherry (primary); chestnut (backboard); pine (back of hood)

Marks

"Squire / Millerd / Warwick," engraved on dial

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Sotheby's, New York, January 20–21 and 23, 2005, lot 1165. Sotheby's, New York, October 7, 2006, lot 325

Associated names

Sotheby's

Construction

The roof of the removable hood consists of a single board, arched to align with the single-piece crown molding and fixed thereto with brads and rosehead nails. The rails which comprise the arched door, which opens to a silvered dial and works, are tenoned and wood-pinned together. There are turned and fluted colonnettes at each corner of the hood, and two reeded, urn-form finials set into circular holes above. Behind the upper part of the hood is a single-piece backboard, fixed to the hood sides with rosehead nails. The rails of the hood base are joined to the walls above with rosehead nails. The case below includes a two-piece beaded cove molding attached with wood pins, above a top rail tenoned to flanking rails, the joints exhibiting two wood pins each. The lower rail is tenoned to the stiles without wood pins. The arched, convex-blocked and shell-carved door opens by means of two pairs of brass hinges, one leaf of which is screwed to the case. The other leaf is set into a chamfered channel in the back of the door and attached with brass rosehead nails. There is a single-piece molding atop the base, whose stiles and rails, tenoned and twice-wood-pinned together, center a thumb-molded rectangular panel. The sideboards of the base are dovetailed to the (replaced) baseboard. The rear feet consist of rectangular vertical blocks with ogee bracket side faces and simple trapezoidal back faces. Examined by P. E. Kane, January 23, 2005; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

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Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana including Property of Descendants of John Nicholas Brown, sale cat. (January 20–21, 23, 2005), 268, lot 1165, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Property from the Rhode Island Historical Society, sale cat. (October 7, 2006), 241, lot 325, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 102–103, 112n22, 423n1, fig. 6.