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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF3864

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Unknown

Dimensions

255.271 x 57.15 x 25.4 cm (100 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 10 in.)

Date

1785–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); cherry (dial surround); white pine (vertical glue blocks in hood and case, backboard of case, molding filler, top of hood, guides for hood, and filler strip between lower backboard and proper-left side of base); chestnut (back of hood); birch (base of hood and vertical strips on door interior); yellow poplar (filler strip between lower backboard and proper-right side of base); red oak (seat board)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Inverted "V," incised, on front base of hood

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Captain Daniel Tourtellot (died 1826), Glocester, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. Jonathan Aborn (née Dorcas Tourtellot, 1774–1850), Warwick, Rhode Island; by descent to Daniel Aborn. Charles Woolsey Lyon (died ca. 1973), New York and Millbrook, New York, 1966. Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, 2002. Christie's, New York, September 28, 2011, lot 18. James D. Julia, Fairfield, Maine, August 25-28, 2015, lot 2156 [with Thomas Claggett works]

Associated names

Captain Daniel Tourtellot
Dorcas Tourtellot Aborn
Daniel Aborn
Charles Woolsey Lyon
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.
Christie's
James D. Julia

Construction

The removable hood is crowned with (later) plinths and finials and a scrolling molded pediment ending in stylized rosettes, centering a two-part carved keystone over an arched molding, above an arched, molded, and putty-glazed hinged door opening to a painted dial and works, flanked by panels with elliptical portals and supported on two round and two half-round turned and fluted colonettes. The dovetails which join the front and the sides of the upper hood are visible at the front corners of the hood sides. The hood back board is dovetailed to the upper single-board sides. The colonettes consist of three sections-turned capitals and bases and fluted shafts. The half-round colonettes have reinforcing strips nailed with brads into the hood frame. The panels in the side of the hood consist of two boards, the outer, finished board exhibiting an elliptical portal and the inner, unfinished board exhibiting a rectangular one. The case below contains an arched, convex block and shell-carved door. The arched section of the door is tenoned into the stiles and the carved shell and blocked panel below are attached through the back of the door with screws. The case contains vertical chamfered glue blocks. The door is flanked by stop-fluted quarter columns, with turned capitals and bases. The base features chamfered front corners ending in carved "lamb?s tongues" and a molded flat front panel. The bottom board of the case, once held to the single-board case sides with dovetails, is largely missing. The feet consist of shaped vertical blocks to which are attached mahogany ogee brackets in the front and at the outside of the rear feet. The back of the rear feet are simple incurvate brackets (one partially replaced) set into grooves in the outside of the rear feet. The back consists of three boards, one large board and two smaller at the hood, attached to the case in a rabbet with rosehead nails. Examined by P.E. Kane, J.S. Gordon, J.N. Johnson, September 23, 2011; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

"Charles Woolsey Lyon advertisement," Antiques 89, no. 6 (June 1966): 785.
David A. Hanks, American Art of the Colonies and Early Republic, exh. cat. (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1971), 30–31, fig. 26.
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., Gallery Catalogue (New York: Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., 1974–2003), vol. 12, p. 6.
"Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 161, no. 1 (January 2002): 1, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (September 28, 2011), 45, lot 18.
"Advertisement Good Crowd Attends Session Two At James D. Julia's Four-Day Auction," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (September 18, 2015): 27, ill.