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Photo: Courtesy of Gary R. Sullivan Antiques Inc., Sharon, Mass.; photo by Matthew J. Buckley
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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF5721

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Josiah Gooding, 1777–1867

Dimensions

Height, with center finial: 245.11 cm (96 1/2 in.); Width, at base: 51.44 cm (20 1/4 in.); Depth: 25.4 cm (10 in.)

Date

ca. 1815

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Bristol, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (secondary)

Marks

"JOSIAH GOODING." / "BRISTOL.," in black paint, below winding holes

Inscriptions

Illegible graphite interior top of door / "4.84," in graphite, in a rectangle / "Cleaned Jan 30th [th superscript] 1878 / Mr. P. Farmington," in graphite

Style

Federal

Provenance

Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc., Sharon and later Canton, Massachusetts, 2010; sold to a private collection, 2016

Associated names

Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc.

Construction

The removable, arched hood is crowned by rectangular fluted plinths; the central, taller one supporting a brass ball and eagle finial, the flanking, shorter ones ball and steeple finials. The smaller plinths are supported behind by small, chamfered glue blocks. Between the plinths are openwork panels, the backs of which are supported by small, chamfered glue blocks. The hood roof consists of boards held on with rosehead nails. The hood backboard is dovetailed to the crown molding and is secured by a t-headed nail. A one-piece crown molding below is supported by free-standing colonettes with brass capitals, bases, and stop-fluting. An arched, veneered, inlaid, glazed door opens to a painted dial and brass works. Within the hood sides, which have arched, glazed portals, are rosehead nails which secure the crown molding. The case below contains a rectangular door with a veneered, crossbanded front, molded surround and "breadboard" back, being constructed of two small horizontal boards centering a large vertical board. The door is flanked by quarter columns with brass capitals, bases, and stop-fluting. The rectangular, veneered, inlaid base stands on flaring bracket feet. Examined by P.E. Kane, January 21, 2011; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Notes

Movement: 8-day brass time and strike

Bibliography

"Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc.," http://www.garysullivanantiques.com/Inventory/tabid/66/ProdID/201/CatID/1/antique_Rhode_Island_Federal_tall_clock.aspx (accessed May 15, 2013).
"Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 181, no. 2 (March / April 2014): 8, 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), 424–426, no. 100, fig. 1.