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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694–1749


98 21 11 in. (248.9 53.3 27.9 cm)



Current location



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


Mahogany (primary); pine (back board); yellow poplar (guides for hood, dia mat, top board, and back of pediment)


"W. Claggett / Newport," engraved on partially silvered dial


"1868 / 1727 / 141," in graphite, on inside of waist door


John S. Walton, New York; sold to Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr. (1909–2009), Scardsdale, New York, and later Newport, Rhode Island, by 1953; by descent to his wife Roberta L. Carpenter (1938–2019), Newport, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 24, 2020, lot 301

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr.
Roberta L. Carpenter


Antiques 63, no. 4 (April 1953): ill. frontispiece.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 55–56, 201, no. 29, ill.
Laura Beach, "The Past Is Present in Newport: A Couple's Lifelong Love of Antiques," Antiques and Fine Art 6, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 118, 120–121, ill.
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 242, WC-26.
Madelia Hickman Ring, "Fine Art, Folk Art and Formal Dominates at Christie's," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (February 14, 2020): 30, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Hicks's Peaceable Kingdom Brings $4.575 Million," Maine Antique Digest (March 2020): 125, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver, sale cat. (January 24, 2020), 80–81, lot 301, ill.