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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF4620

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Thomas Wagstaff, 1724 - 1802

Dimensions

Height: 229.87 cm (90 1/2 in.)

Date

1770–1790

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Walnut (primary); chestnut (secondary)

Marks

"Thos. Wagstaffe / London," engraved on dial

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Jethro Starbuck (1671–1770), Nantucket, Massachusetts; by descent in the Starbuck family; by descent to William Benjamin Weeks (1870–1963), Providence, Rhode Island, by 1900. Skinner, Boston, November 8, 2009, lot 58

Associated names

Jethro Starbuck
Descendants of Jethro Starbuck
William Benjamin Weeks
Skinner, Inc.

Construction

The removable arched board has a molded crown above an arched molding and turned colonettes, flanking an arched molded and glazed door opening to a silvered dial and movement. The case contains a flat, thumb-molded and arched hinged door above a simple flat base and base molding. Examined by P.E. Kane, November 7, 2009; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Skinner, Inc., Boston, American Furniture and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (November 8, 2009), 23, lot 58, 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), 112n26.