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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF223

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Paul Stillman, 1782 - 1810
Dialmaker James Osborne, active 1808 - 1813

Dimensions

223.52 x 49.53 x 26.67 cm (88 x 19 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)

Date

1807

Current location

Westerly Public Library and Wilcox Park

Geography

Made in Westerly, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and amboina(?) inlay (primary); yellow poplar (saddleboard); pine (all other secondary wood)

Marks

“OSBORNE,” stamped on back of plate; “Osbornes / Manufactor / Birmingham,” stamped on back of moon dial

Inscriptions

“Rodgers,” in graphite, on back edge of saddleboard; “December / 1874,” in graphite, on top of saddleboard; “Y184[?],” inscribed on top of saddleboard; “E. Hanna / August / 1898, in graphite, on interior of case door

Style

Federal

Provenance

Thomas Noyes (1755–1844), Pawcatuck, Connecticut, 1807; by descent to his granddaughter, Mrs. Orson C. Rogers (née Mary Noyes, 1846–1938), Westerly, Rhode Island; bequeathed to Westerly Public Library, Rhode Island, 1938, inv. no. 19

Associated names

Thomas Noyes
George Noyes
Martha Noyes
Mary Noyes Rogers

Construction

The roof of the removable hood consists of two slightly pitched boards fixed to the scrollboard in front and the backboard behind with brads and rosehead nails. The hood backboard has an arched skirt and meets the upper hood sides in dovetail joints having large, thick-necked pins with half-pins above and below. A cove molding at the top of the hood follows the hood sides and the edge of the serpentine pediment?s scrollboard, on the front of which are three fluted panels, each one supporting a brass ?ball and steeple? finial. The lower hood sides are single-piece boards, nailed from inside the hood to the side frieze boards. The bottom of single-piece molding at the edge of the three-board hood bottom fits over the two-part beaded cove molding and its solid triangular blocking at the top of the case?s waist. The case back is a continuous vertical board, with filler strips at the hood and base, glued into rabbets in the single-board case waist sides, the bottoms of which are set into grooves in the backboard. The front of the serpentine-top waist door is crossbanded and line-inlaid veneered with a vertical ellipse. The stiles and rails of the waist-front are solid, flanked by fluted quarter-columns with separate turned capitals and bases. The portions of the quarter columns between the flutes are chamfered at the top and bottom. At the rear corner of the case interior are numerous vertical triangular glue blocks. The transition from waist to base is marked by a two-part molding nailed with brads. The front faces of the front bracket feet are continuous with the veneered scalloped skirt. The sides of the front feet and the rear feet are continuous with the scalloped skirts of the base sides. There are shadows on the inside face of the skirt bottoms. The base board is replaced. The back brackets of the rear feet are continuous with the filler strips between the case backboard and the side-boards of the base. Inside each bracket feet is a shaped vertical block. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 12, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Notes

An original bill of sale that accompanies the clock reads as follows: "Westerly December 8th 1807 / Mr. Thos[s superscript] Noyes 2 to / Paul Stillman Dr to an / $ [cen]ts / Eight day Clock 38-00 / to a Clock case 30-00 / to a glass for clock head 00,75 / $68,75 / Received payment in full / Paul Stillman" [side one]; "Paul Stillman / $68.75 bill clock / Dec 8th 1807" and Paul Stillman / Bill of Clock, £20..12..6, Dec. 8th. 1807." [side two]. Movement: 8-day brass time and strike with arched cutouts in the plates

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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), 108, 367, 415–17, no. 97, fig. 1–3.