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Tall case clock

Object number



Clockmaker William Creak, English, active 1740 - 1775
Casemaker Unknown


98 19 1/2 10 in. (248.921 49.53 25.4 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); chestnut (secondary)


"Willm [m superscript] Creak / London," engraved on dial


"Strike / Silent," in rondel in arch


Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Robb, Buffalo, by 1968; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York, by April 1968; sold to a private collection, Houston, 1970

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Robb


The arched, crown-molded, removable hood is surmounted by spherical, fluted finials, with corkscrew flames, each on a plain rectangular plinth. Below the central, largest finial is a ressaulted and scroll-carved multi-level keystone. The thumb-molded stiles and rails of the arched and glazed door are tenoned together without wood pins. The door opens to a brass dial and works, and is flanked by fluted colonnettes in front and fluted half-colonnettes in the back. In the waist of the case below is a convex-blocked, shell-carved, arched door, flanked by stop-fluted quarter columns, with separate capitals and bases. The arched, thumb-molded top rail is joined by tenons through the flanking stiles, where they are visible at the outside edge. These joints are single-wood-pinned. The proper right pin is slightly visible on the front of the stile. The carved shell is applied above the convex door panel. At the back of the door is an applied molding nailed with brads to the stiles and rails. The base has plain, chamfered corners, ending in lambs? tongues below. Its front face is an applied, thumb-molded panel within a mitered frame. Examined by P. E. Kane, March 11, 2004; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 324, fig. 8.15–8.15a.
Edith Gaines, "The Robb Collection of American Furniture, Part II," Antiques 93, no. 4 (April 1968): 485, fig. 2.
Barry A. Greenlaw, "American Furniture in Houston Collections," Antiques 116, no. 3 (September 1979): 551, pl. 8, ill.
David B. Warren, "Living with Antiques: A Houston Collection," Antiques 149, no. 5 (May 1996): 726, ill.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 3, pp. 667, 706, no. P3293, 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), 104–105, fig. 8.