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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF1406

Maker

Clockmaker Thomas Claggett, ca. 1730–1797
Casemaker Unknown

Dimensions

90 18 9 1/4 in. (228.601 45.72 23.495 cm)

Date

1755–60

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

"THOMAS CLAGGETT NEWPORT," at top of arch

Provenance

Governor William Greene (1696–1758), Warwick, Rhode Island or his son, William Greene, Jr. (1731–1809), Warwick, Rhode Island; by descent to his son, Ray Greene (1765–1849), Warwick, Rhode Island; by descent to his son, William Greene (1797–1883), Warwick, Rhode Island; by descent to his grandson, William Greene Roelker, Sr. (1854–1911); by descent to his son, William Greene Roelker, Jr. (1886–1953); by descent to his daughter, Helen Roelker Kessler (1920–2006); consigned to Christie's, New York, January 22, 1983, lot 509

Associated names

Governor William Greene
William Greene, Jr.
Ray Greene
Helen Roelker Kessler
William Greene Roelker, Sr.
Christie's
William Greene
William Greene Roelker, Jr.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Fine American Furniture, Silver, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 22, 1983), 61, lot 509, ill.
Richard L. Champlin, "Thomas Claggett: Silversmith, Swordsman, Clockmaker," Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. 21, no. 2 (April 1979): 174–175, fig. 4–5.
Richard L. Champlin, "Thomas Claggett: Silversmith, Swordsman, Clockmaker," Newport History: Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society 49, no. 3 (Summer 1976): 64, 66, fig. 4–5.
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 248, TC-15.