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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Maker, formerly attributed to Job Townsend, Sr., 1699?1765
Clockmaker James Wady, died 1759


Height, without finials: 93 in. (236.22 cm) Width: 11 1/4 in. (28.575 cm) Depth: 11 1/4 in. (28.575 cm) Width, dial: 12 in. (30.48 cm)



Current location

Private collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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"JAMES WADY NEWPORT," engraved in dial arch


Christie's, New York, January 18, 2002, lot 388

Associated names



"Christie's advertisement," Antiques 161, no. 1 (January 2002): 46, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, and Folk Art: Featuring English Pottery from the Collection of the Late Robert J. Kahn and the Lafayette-Washington Pistols, sale cat. (January 18–19, 2002), 218–225, lot 388, ill.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Quaker Baroque: How Political and Religious Freedom Inspired a Dynasty of American Cabinet-Makers," Christie's Magazine (May–June 2002): 113, ill.
Frank L. Hohmann III et al., Timeless: Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks (New York: Hohmann Holdings, 2009), 302–303, no. 94, 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), 111n17.
Donald L. Fennimore and Frank L. Hohmann III, Claggett: Newport's Illustrious Clockmakers (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 2018), 151, 212–13, 246, no. 19, JW-3, fig. 5.27.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver, sale cat. (January 19, 2018), 78, fig. 3.