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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF6068

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Reverend Willet Stillman, 1777–1826
(dial) James Wilson, British, active 1777, died 1809

Dimensions

240.67 x 55.88 x 29.85 cm (94 3/4 x 22 x 11 3/4 in.)

Date

1800–1810

Current location

Stanton-Davis Homestead Museum

Geography

Made in Westerly, Rhode Island
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Medium

Cherry, maple, pine, possibly birch (primary); chestnut (top of hood); pine (blocks on feet and saddleboard); yellow poplar (backboard and glue blocks of case interior)

Marks

“Jonas C. M[?] 1830[?],” incised on pendulum; “WILSON,” stamped on back of face plate

Inscriptions

“AR,” carved on front of waist door; "1680" and “1764,” in graphite, on interior proper-left side of case

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Alexander Rogers (1777–1826); by descent to George W. Carter (1872–unknown); by descent to John Whitman Davis (1925–2016), Stonington, Connecticut; given to the Stanton-Davis Homestead, Stonington, Connecticut

Associated names

Alexander Rogers
George W. Carter
John Whitman Davis

Construction

The removable hood has applied, single-piece scroll-boards supported from behind by triangular blocks and centering three fluted plinths which support turned and corkscrew-carved finials. The single-board hood case-sides contain arched, glazed portals, set into grooves in the transverse boards of the hood base. Upright hood back-boards perpendicular to the hood sides are fixed in a large dovetail joint to the transverse boards of the hood base below. The molding at the outside of the hood base is integral with the base. The rails of the arched, molded and glazed door, which opens to a painted dial and brass works, are tenoned and wood-pinned to their stiles. There are no hood guides on the upper portion of the case side. The hood sits upon a single-piece beaded cove molding at the top of the case waist. The case?s backboard is a single vertical board, broader at the base, glued into rabbets in the waist and base side boards. It has narrow filler strips at the hood. The rails of the case-waist front are tenoned to their stiles without wood pins. The waist-front is lapped over the side boards and contains an arched, molded, single-board, shell- and initials carved door with a glazed and molded oculus. Within the case are vertically applied sections of cove molding used as glueblocks. The base front centers an applied carved shell within a molded frame. The case bottom has been replaced. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 15, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

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Bibliography

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), 112n38, 368n1.