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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF5448

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Caleb Wheaton, American, 1757–1827
(dial) Ashwin and Company, British, 1787 - 1791

Dimensions

Height: 256.54 cm (101 in.)

Date

1790–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island, or made in Birmingham
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

"Caleb Wheaton / Providence," engraved on brass pendulum; "ASHWIN & CO," cast into iron plate behind dial

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Carlsen Gallery, Inc., Freehold and Greenville, New York, November 27, 2010, lot 265

Associated names

Carlsen Gallery, Inc.

Construction

The removable hood has a multi-board roof of transverse boards shaped to align with its arched fašade. Its backboard?s skirt is arched to fit over the arched top of the case back. The backboard is fixed at its lower corners with rosehead nails into rabbets in the hood sides, which are rabbeted to allow them to fit over the arched top of the case back. The backboard is fixed at its lower corners with rosehead nails into rabbets in the hood sides, which are rabbeted to allow them to fit over the case backboard, and which fit into grooves in the transverse boards of the hood base. The hood sides have rectangular vertical portals with glass held in by quarter round molding. Single-piece cornice and architrave moldings are fixed to the friezeboards and scrollboard. There is a fully round, partially fluted colonnette at each of the hood?s exterior corners. The case backboard is a single-board to which are added narrow vertical strips at the hood and base. The single-piece ogee molding at the top of the waist is supported by triangular blocking. The stiles of the waist-front are tenoned to their rails without wood pins. The outside edges of the upper rail?s molded panels are integral with the stiles, which are butt-jointed to the single-board case sides. The sides are fitted with carved protuberances, possibly to allow for the movement of the pendulum. The arched, molded, convex-blocked, shell-carved waist door appears to be a single board. The base is configured similarly to the waist, centering a single-board, arched, molded, convex-blocked, thrice-shell-carved panel. The stiles are butt-jointed to the single-board base sides. The lower base molding is face-nailed with brads. The back faces of the rear feet are simple straight-sided incurvate brackets. Photographs provided by Carlsen Gallery, Inc.; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Bibliography

"Carlsen Gallery, Inc.: Thanksgiving Weekend Antique Auction advertisement," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (November 26, 2010): 112.
"Important 18th Century Block & Shell Carved Mahogany Tall Case Clock Marked Ashwin & Co., Pendulum Inscribed Caleb Wheaton, Providence, 8' 5 1/2" Tall, Auction: November 27, 2010, Lot# 265," http://www.carlsengallery.com/11-27-2010/CatID20/265.htm (accessed December 5, 2011).
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), 112n21, 318n1, 320n4.