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Dwarf tall clock


Object number

RIF782

Maker

Maker Unknown
Clockmaker Thomas Claggett, ca. 1730 - 1797

Dimensions

Height: 154.94 cm (61 in.); Width, cornice: 35.24cm (13 7/8 in.); Width, shaft: 22.86 cm (9 in.); Width, pedestal: 29.528 cm (11 5/8 in.); Width, feet: 36.83 cm (14 1/2 in.); Depth, cornice: 19.685 cm (7 3/4 in.); Depth, shaft: 13.97 cm (5 1/2 in.); Depth, pedestal: 17.463 cm (6 7/8 in.); Depth, feet: 20.32 cm (8 in.); Dial, less lunette: 17.78 x 17.78cm (7 x 7in.)

Date

1755–1765

Current location

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (hood top and back and seat board); spruce (backboard)

Marks

"Thomas / Claggett / Newport," engraved on boss in dial arch

Inscriptions

Scratched on backs of cupid spandrels: "II, III, V, VI, X"

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

George S. Palmer (1855–1934), New London, Connecticut; sold to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1918

Associated names

George Smith Palmer

See also


Bibliography

Charles O. Cornelius, Early American Furniture (New York: Century Co., 1926), pl. 31.
Bernice B. Osburn and Burl N. Osburn, Measured Drawings of Early American Furniture (Milwaukee, Wisc.: Bruce Publishing Company, 1926), 63–65, ill. and measured drawings.
Brooks Palmer, The Book of American Clocks (New York: MacMillan Company, 1928), pl. 17.
Verna Cook Salomonsky, Masterpieces of Furniture Design (Michigan: Periodical Publishing Co., 1931), pl. 101 (measured drawings).
Wallace Nutting, The Clock Book (Garden City, N.Y.: Garden City Publishing Co., 1935), no. 75.
Brooks Palmer, The Book of American Clocks (New York: MacMillan Company, 1950), no. 17.
Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury (New York: MacMillan Company, 1963), no. 3244, ill.
Herbert F. Schiffer and Peter B. Schiffer, Miniature Antique Furniture (Wynnewood, Pa.: Livingston Publishing Co., 1972), 138–139, ill. p.144.
William H. Distin and Robert Bishop, The American Clock: A Comprehensive Pictorial Survey, 1723–1900: With a Listing of 6153 Clockmakers (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1976), 81, fig. 160.
Richard L. Champlin, "Thomas Claggett: Silversmith, Swordsman, Clockmaker," Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. 21, no. 2 (April 1979): 172.
Morrison H. Heckscher, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Late Colonial Period, The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles (New York: Random House, 1985), 292–294, no. 189, 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), 297n2.