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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF2349

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Thomas Chappell, active 1760-1790

Dimensions

86 20 3/4 10 3/4 in. (218.44 52.71 27.31 cm)

Date

1760–90

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow pine (base of hood); chestnut (hood back board and top)

Marks

"Thomas Chappell London" engraved on dial

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Christie's, New York, January 18–19, 2007, lot 579

Associated names

Christie's

Construction

The arched, removable hood is surmounted by a single-piece, beaded crown molding. At the top of the arch is a ressaulted and scroll-carved multi-level keystone with mitered corners. The arched, thumb-molded glazed door opens to a brass dial and works. At the front of the hood are single-piece unfluted colonnettes. At the back are half-round, single-piece colonnettes, also unfluted. The front colonnettes are secured to the bottom of the hood by brads through the front rail of the base of the hood. The bottoms of the hood sides are tenoned into boards perpendicular to that board. The waist of the case below contains an arched, thumb-molded, convex-blocked, shell carved, hinged door, flanked by unfluted quarter columns. The base of the case has chamfered corners with leaf and flower-carved triangular termini, centering an applied, thumb-molded panel within a mitered frame. Examined by P. E. Kane, January 16, 2007; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Prints, and Decoys, sale cat. (January 18–19, 2007), 295, lot 579, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 112n26.