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Photo: Courtesy The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1955.2 Photography by Gavin Ashworth
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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF956

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694 - 1749

Dimensions

102 x 21 1/2 x 12 in. (259.081 x 54.61 x 30.48 cm)

Date

1730–1749

Current location

The Chipstone Foundation

Geography

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

Medium

American black Walnut and burl walnut veneer (primary); maple (battens of door [original?], columns, base of hood, and saddleboard); yellow poplar (sides of case front, upper board of case front, mat board, and backboards of hood); white pine (all other secondary wood)

Marks

"Wm: Claggett / Newport," engraved, on dial

Inscriptions

"William Claggett / was born about 1696, he / became a freeman of / Newport 1716, and died / 1749.," written in red ink, on old label glued on verso of waist door; numbers [later], in graphite, on top of saddleboard

Style

William and Mary

Provenance

By descent in the Bull family, Rhode Island. John S. Walton, New York; sold to Polly Mariner Stone (1898–1995) and Stanley Stone (1896–1987), Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1955; bequeathed by Stanley Stone to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1987

Associated names

Bull family
John S. Walton
Stanley Stone
Polly Mariner Stone

Construction

The flat roof of the removable hood has an integral molded edge above a narrow frieze and a diagonally arranged pulvinated section applied to blocking and furring strips. The lower part of their upper ?sarcophagus? portion of the hood is a large cove molding and a small crown. Attached to the midpoint of the roof and the outside corners of the cove molding are three plain rectangular plinths supporting urn form finials. The backing for the main part of the hood entablature, below the sarcophagus, are single boards, horizontally arranged. To these are applied vertically arranged veneer and a multi-part cornice molding, solid cove moldings (one large above one small), and horizontal and diagonal blocking for veneered molding profiles below. The largest part of the hood back is a polygonal board fixed to the case sides with rosehead nails. The smaller boards above and below are replaced. The hood sides consist of stiles and nails enclosing glazed portals, set into grooves in the top of the transverse boards of the hood base. The sides are also nailed to the base with brads through the bottom of the base. Quarter colonettes nailed with brads to the back edge of the case sides form a rabbet which allows the hood to fit over the case backboard. The bottom lip of a single-piece molding applied with glue and brads to the front and sides of the hood base allows the hood to slip over the two-piece ?oyster-shell? veneered beaded cove molding and its blocking at the top of the case?s waist. The stiles of the arched, molded and glazed door are tenoned and wood-pinned to their rails. The door is integral with the flanking three-quarter-round colonettes. The case back is a continuous vertical board, glued into rabbets in the horizontally veneered case sides. The filler strips at the top are replacements. The case sides are continuous vertical boards, to which are applied horizontally arranged veneers. The solid boards of the case base are nailed with brads to blocking applied to the case sides and to vertical blocking within the base. Single-piece moldings nailed to the case with brads mark the transitions from waist to base and base to molded foot. Within the case are vertical chamfered blocks which support the hinges for the rectangular waist door, which consists of a vertical board tenoned into upper and lower horizontal battens. Its front is crossbanded and veneered, within a mitered molded frame applied with brads. The case is lacking a bottom; there are nail holes and interior shadows in the lowest portion of the backboard. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 16, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Discoveries in Newport Furniture and Silver," Antiques 68, no. 1 (July 1955): 47, fig. 9.
Alice Winchester, "Living with Antiques, The Milwaukee Home of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Stone," Antiques 69, no. 5 (May 1956): 439, ill.
Stanley Stone, "Rhode Island Furniture at Chipstone, Part I," Antiques 91, no. 2 (February 1967): 208, ill.
Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 87–89, no. 38, 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), 111n10, 156n5.