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From: "John S. Walton, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 103 (March 1973): 388
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Tall case clock

Object number



Clockmaker David Williams, 1769–1823
Casemaker Unknown



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); pine (backboard, top of hood, backing for board above hood door, corner blocks in hood, and brace running front to back at top of hood); chestnut (supports for seat board, front rail at top of case, back of hood, and backing wood of moldings at top of base); yellow poplar (guides for hood); cherry (face surround)


"David Williams / NEW PORT," painted on dial


Sold at auction to E. P. Allen, September 28, 1864; by descent in the Allen family; sold to John S. Walton, Inc., New York, 1973; sold to WEA Enterprises; consigned to Christie's, New York, September 29, 2010, lot 96

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
Allen Family
E. P. Allen
Christie's New York
E. Martin Wunsch


The removable hood has a roof of thin, paper-covered boards shaped to align with its arched fašade, fixed with rosehead nails to its entablature at the front and the arched hood-backboard behind, and with brads to a transverse batten set into grooves in the entablature and backboard. Atop the hood are three rectangular plinths, fluted in front, each supporting a fluted urn form finial with corkscrew flame. The hood?s backboard skirt is arched to fit over the case?s backboard and meets the entablature sides in half-blind dovetail joints, having finely cut narrow-necked pins with half-pins below and oversized pins above. Single-piece moldings, arched in front, are attached to the top and bottom of the hood entablature. Nailed to the backside of its front with brads is a thin board, flat on top and arched below, which frames the dial. The arched, molded, glazed door opens to a white-painted dial with brass works. The hood-case sides contain rectangular glazed portals and are nailed with brads to the back of the hood entablature, are rabbeted at their back edge to fit onto the backboard, and set into grooves in the top of the transverse boards of the hood base. Also set into grooves there are the single-piece fluted half-round colonettes at the back of the hood, reinforced above and below with brads. Caps and bases for the colonettes fit around their tenons. A single-piece molding slightly proud of the bottom of the hood base?s underside allows the hood to fit over the single-piece beaded cove molding at the top of the case?s waist. Hood guides are attached with rosehead nails to the upper extensions of the case?s single-board sides. Chamfered blocks nailed with brads to the inside of case-side extensions help to support the saddle board. The case back is a single vertical board, with filler strips nailed with brads at the top. The backboard is glued into rabbets in the case waist?s sides, which are set into grooves in the tops of filler strips at the base, and glued into rabbets in the case-base sides. A single-piece molding which sits upon a rectangular horizontal blocking strip marks the transition from waist to base. The bottoms of the case backboard and filler strips are fixed to a case bottom with rosehead nails. Rectangular blocking forms a frame around the front and sides of the case bottom, to which are attached a one-piece base molding and ogee bracket feet. The back of the rear feet is a simple straight-profiled incurvate bracket, set into a groove in the side-facing bracket. On its outside face is the shadow of a vertical corner block. Examined by P. E. Kane, September 21, 2010; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


"John S. Walton, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 103, no. 3 (March 1973): 388.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Prints, sale cat. (September 29, 2010), 76, lot 96, ill.