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From: Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend, Newport Cabinetmaker (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 124, no. 22
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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF2263

Maker

Casemaker John Townsend, American, 1732–1809
Clockmaker Unknown
Clockmaker James Wilson, British, active 1777, died 1809

Dimensions

Height: 91 1/2 x 21 5/8 x 11 1/4 in. (232.41 x 54.928 x 28.575 cm)

Date

1793

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (secondary)

Marks

"MADE BY / JOHN TOWNSEND / NEWPORT," printed on paper; "January 1793," inscribed on same paper label glued to interior backboard; "WILSON," cast, on back plate of movement

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Nathan Bowen (1729–1814), Rehoboth, Massachusetts; by descent to Frank Bowen; by descent to Nathan Bowen; by descent to Emma B. Purdy; by descent to Lena May Purdy Leidy; by descent to Percy M. Leidy; by descent to Percelle L. Paddock. Estate Antiques, Charleston, South Carolina, 1993

Associated names

Nathan Bowen
Paul Bowen
Frank Bowen
Nathan Bowen
Emma B. Purdy
Lena May Purdy Leidy
Percy M. Leidy
Percelle L. Paddock
Estate Antiques

Bibliography

"Estate Antiques advertisement," Antiques 143, no. 1 (January 1993): 63, ill.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005), 124–25, no. 22, ill.