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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF2408

Maker

Clockmaker Thomas Claggett, ca. 1730–1797
Casemaker Unknown

Date

1755–65

Current location

Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc.

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

"Thomas / Claggett / NEWPORT," engraved on brass dial

Inscriptions

"Ramsey[?]]," in chalk, on interior of upper backboard

Provenance

John S. Walton, Inc., New York, 1969; sold to E. Martin Wunsch (1924–2013), New York; the Wunsch Americana Foundation, New York; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 19, 2018, lot 163

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
E. Martin Wunsch

Notes

This case of this clock was made in Boston, Massachusetts.

Bibliography

"John S. Walton Antiques, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 95, no. 2 (February 1969): 172, ill.
Richard L. Champlin, "William Claggett and His Clockmaking Family," Supplement to the Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. 11 (Summer 1976): 26–27, fig. 14–15.
Richard L. Champlin, "William Claggett and His Clockmaking Family," Newport History: Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society 47, Part 3 (Summer 1974): 178.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver, sale cat. (January 19, 2018), 90–91, lot 163, ill.
Joan Barzilay Freund, Alan Miller, and Leigh Keno, "The Very Pink of the Mode: Boston Georgian Chairs, Their Export, Their Influence," American Furniture (1996): 294, 305, fig. 43.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Washington and Wady Clock Top Christie's Americana Auction," Maine Antique Digest (March 2018): 35-D, ill.
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 234–37, 247, no. 28, TC-6.