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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF2256

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Caleb Wheaton, American, 1757 - 1827

Dimensions

223.52 x 48.26 x 26.04 cm (88 x 19 x 10 1/4 in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Preservation Society of Newport County

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (backboard and glue blocks); pine (molding on interior of waist door)

Marks

"Caleb Wheaton / Providence," engraved on brass dial

Inscriptions

“$1 / 22 ?,” in chalk, on interior of waist door; “Fast / Slow / M E Auger / 2 d,” in chalk, on interior of backboard; “Aug[?] / 2d,” in chalk, on proper-right side of case interior; “– Repared Nov 28. 1929 – / – by – / Orlando H. Lowd / Nashua / N. H.,” written in ink on paper label glued to interior backboard

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Elizabeth Morris Smith (1915–1994), New York and Newport, Rhode Island; given to the Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island

Associated names

Elizabeth Morris Smith

Construction

The hood?s cornice and architrave moldings are secured to its friezeboard with wood-filled fasteners. The stiles of the arched, molded, glazed door are tenoned and single-wood-pinned to its rails. The sides of the hood have no portals. The single-piece molding of the bottom of the hood is fixed to it with wood-filled fasteners. The cove molding at the top of the waist section is face-nailed just above its lower, beaded portion. The door rails are mitered to their stiles. Inside the door triangular vertical glue blocks secure the convex outer panel with applied shell. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, September 16, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Newport, A Center of Colonial Cabinetmaking," Antiques 147, no. 4 (April 1995): 552, pl. 3.
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), 112n33.