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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF92

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker William Creak, English, active 1743–54

Dimensions

248.921 x 49.53 x 25.4 cm (98 x 19 1/2 x 10 in.)

Date

1750–1760

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (secondary)

Marks

"Willm [m superscript] Creak / London," engraved on dial

Inscriptions

"Strike / Silent," in rondel in arch

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Robb, Buffalo, by 1968; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York, by April 1968; private collection, Houston, by 1979

Associated names

Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Robb
Israel Sack, Inc.

Construction

The arched, crown-molded, removable hood is surmounted by spherical, fluted finials, with corkscrew flames, each on a plain rectangular plinth. Below the central, largest finial is a ressaulted and scroll-carved multi-level keystone. The thumb-molded stiles and rails of the arched and glazed door are tenoned together without wood pins. The door opens to a brass dial and works, and is flanked by fluted colonnettes in front and fluted half-colonnettes in the back. In the waist of the case below is a convex-blocked, shell-carved, arched door, flanked by stop-fluted quarter columns, with separate capitals and bases. The arched, thumb-molded top rail is joined by tenons through the flanking stiles, where they are visible at the outside edge. These joints are single-wood-pinned. The proper right pin is slightly visible on the front of the stile. The carved shell is applied above the convex door panel. At the back of the door is an applied molding nailed with brads to the stiles and rails. The base has plain, chamfered corners, ending in lambs? tongues below. Its front face is an applied, thumb-molded panel within a mitered frame. Examined by P. E. Kane, March 11, 2004; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 3, pp. 667, 706, no. P3293, ill.
Edith Gaines, "The Robb Collection of American Furniture, Part II," Antiques 93, no. 4 (April 1968): 485, fig. 2.
Barry A. Greenlaw, "American Furniture in Houston Collections," Antiques 116, no. 3 (September 1979): 551, pl. 8, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 324, fig. 8.15–8.15a.
David B. Warren, "Living with Antiques: A Houston Collection," Antiques 149, no. 5 (May 1996): 726, 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), 104–105, fig. 8.