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Tall case clock

Object number



Clockmaker David Williams, 1769–1823
Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker James Wilson, British, active 1777, died 1809


Height: 95 in. (241.301 cm)



Current location



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


Mahogany (primary); soft maple (center strip in top of hood); eastern white pine (backboards, strip behind cavetto molding under hood, cross brace on back, top of hood); yellow poplar (seat board, blocks and strip behind feet and lower moldings); cedrela (interior blocks); black cherry (pendulum)


"David Williams / New Port," painted on dial; "WILSON," cast, on back of dial plate




By descent in the Cranston family, Cranston, Rhode Island. Florene Maine, Ridgefield, Connecticut, 1971; sold to Ann Holzer (1917–1999) and Philip Holzer (1919–2011), Great Neck, New York; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 20–21, 2012, lot 230. Skinner, Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts (sale held Marlborough), April 29, 2021, lot 1173

Associated names

Cranston family
Florene Maine Antiques
Ann Holzer
Philip Holzer
Skinner, Inc.


The removable hood has an arched, crown molded top with plinths and finials above an arched molded, glazed, hinged door opening to a painted dial and works, supported by turned and fluted colonettes. The case below contains an arched, convex block and carved shell glued to the solid panel door. In the case are multiple rectangular and chamfered vertical glue blocks holding the case back and sides together. The lower case has a flat molded panel above a molded base on ogee bracket feet. Examined by P.E. Kane and W.S. Braznell, January 22, 2012; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.


Philip Holzer, Philip and Ann Holzer Collection (n.p.: privately printed, 1990), 102–103, no. 35, fig. 35.1–35.3.
"Florene Maine Antiques advertisement," Antiques 100, no. 5 (November 1971): 671, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Porcelain, Prints, and Carpets, sale cat. (January 20–21, 2012), 164, lot 230.
"Antique Clocks Tick Faster at Skinner," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (May 21, 2021): 10, ill.