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Banjo clock


Object number

RIF1481

Maker

formerly attributed to David Williams, 1769–1823
Clockmaker Job B. Wilbour
possibly by John Young, 1797–1884

Dimensions

41 10 3 3/4 in. (104.1 25.4 9.5 cm)

Date

probably 1823

Current location


Geography

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

Medium

Gilded wood

Marks

"J. B. Wilbour, Newport," in paint, on dial

Inscriptions

"The Constitution's Escape," in paint, on lower glass panel below scene of encounter

Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1960; Bertram D. Coleman (1919–1976) and his wife, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, by 1965; consigned by their estate to Christie's, New York, January 16, 1998, lot 267; Robert C. Cheney, Brimfield, Massachusetts; sold to Barbara and Arun Singh, Providence, Rhode Island; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 25, 2020, lot 1047

Associated names

Bertram D. Coleman
Israel Sack, Inc.
Christie's
Robert C. Cheney
Dr. Arun Singh
Barbara Singh
Sotheby's

Bibliography

Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 126–27, no. 82, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Living with Antiques: The Bryn Mawr Home of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Dawson Coleman," Antiques 89, no. 4 (April 1966): 576, ill.
Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram D. Coleman, sale cat. (January 16, 1998), 107, lot 267, ill.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 77, no. 1 (January 1960): 40.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 1, p. 93, no. 282, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Triumphant Grace: Important Americana from the Collection of Barbara and Arun Singh, sale cat. (January 25, 2020), lot 1047, ill.