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Photo: Courtesy Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc., Sharon, Mass.; photo by Matthew J. Buckley
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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Caleb Wheaton and Son, 1807–1827


96 20 1/4 10 1/2 in. (243.84 51.44 26.67 cm)



Current location



Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); pine, chestnut, and cherry (secondary)


“C. Wheaton & Son / Providence,” painted, on front of dial on either side of center arbor


"CW clock / bot at auction 1955 / louis Joseph Boston / restored clock / + refinished / M [illeg.] / 1962–63," in graphite, on backboard; "IV," incised, on back of finial; "J," in paint, exterior of backboard


Skinner, Inc., Boston and Bolton, Massachusetts (sale held Bolton), October 27–28, 1989, lot 397. Sotheby's, New York, October 4, 2007, lot 165. Dorothy Tananbaum, New York; consigned to Bonhams, New York, January 27, 2010, lot 1179. Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc., Sharon, Massachusetts, 2015; sold to private collection

Associated names

Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc.


The removable hood is crowned by a molded scrolling pediment with cast brass rosettes, centering a shaped and molded plinth on which sits a carved finial, (possibly of different origin) above an inlaid and molded scrollboard, behind which is a single-board pitched roof glued to the sides and backboard of the hood. The pediment molding is attached to the scrollboard with screws. The scrollboard is attached to the side of the hood with a dovetail joint, visible at the front corners of the hood sides. The arched, veneered, hinged, glazed door is flanked by turned colonettes with brass capitals and bases, and opens to a painted dial and works. Chamfered glueblocks reinforce the joints of the dial surround to the hood top and sides. The joints between the two boards of the inside of the hood sides are reinforced by small blocks above and below the rectangular glass portals. The moldings which decorate the hood are solid, whereas the large beaded cove below the hood and the molding atop the base are backed by a triangular blocks. The arched case back is a single board flanked by two (later) extensions at the hood. The case contains a rectangular veneered line-inlaid door with cock-beaded edge, flanked by fluted quarter columns. Within the case are multiple (replaced) shaped vertical glueblocks. The plain base with line-inlaid front sits upon a (later) case bottom and bracket feet. Examined by P. E. Kane and B. Colman, January 20, 2010; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


The feet are replaced. Source: Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, October 4, 2007, p.160, lot 165.


"Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc.," (accessed July 30, 2015).
Bonhams, New York, American Furniture and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 27, 2010), 73, lot 1179, ill.
Skinner, Inc., Boston and Bolton, Mass., Americana, sale cat. (October 27–28, 1989), lot 397, 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), 112n36, 307n4, 417n5.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (October 4, 2007), 160, lot 165, ill.