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Tall case clock

Object number



Clockmaker William Claggett, 1694–1749
Casemaker Unknown


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

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


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.
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.
Antiques 63, no. 4 (April 1953): ill. frontispiece.
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 242, WC-26.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver, sale cat. (January 24, 2020), 80–81, lot 301, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Hicks's Peaceable Kingdom Brings $4.575 Million," Maine Antique Digest (March 2020): 125, ill.
Madelia Hickman Ring, "Fine Art, Folk Art and Formal Dominates at Christie's," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (February 14, 2020): 30, ill.