A Chippendale carved cherrywood tall case clock
Lot 1175W
A fine Chippendale block and shell carved cherry tall case clock
Sold for US$ 45,750 inc. premium
Auction Details
A fine Chippendale block and shell carved cherrywood tall case clock A fine Chippendale block and shell carved cherrywood tall case clock A fine Chippendale block and shell carved cherrywood tall case clock A fine Chippendale block and shell carved cherrywood tall case clock A fine Chippendale block and shell carved cherrywood tall case clock A fine Chippendale block and shell carved cherrywood tall case clock A Chippendale cherrywood tall case clock, Phode Island, last quarter 18th century
Lot Details
A fine Chippendale block and shell carved cherry tall case clock
dial inscribed Squire Millerd, Warwick Rhode Island
fourth quarter 18th century

Inscription in pencil to the interior of trunk door, John Tillinghast 206 (indistinct) Gilligan 180-(indistinct)
height 7ft 2in (2.15m); width 20in (51cm); depth 10in (25cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Pooley Family Estate, Esquimalt, Victoria, British Columbia
    Lukanon Antiques, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Exhibited:
    San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, Furnishing the New America, October, 2000

    Squire Millerd (1750-1820) fought with the American militia against the British who were raiding livestock on Prudence Island and was appointed Captain in the Providence Battalion in 1780 and Captain in the Second Warwick Company in 1781.

    John Tillinghast was a representative to the Rhode Island General Assembly in 1744 and 1749, and a wealthy merchant and ship owner whose wealth was partly the result of privateering. The Tillinghast home in Newport was built in the 1750's.

    The offered clock likely struck the hours through the planning of battles of the American Revolution, because General Nathaniel Greene was quartered in the Tillinghast house. After several decisive victories against the British in the Carolinas, Greene was named Commander of the Southern Army, second in command to George Washington. Two of his well known aides visited Greene while he resided at the house. One was the Lithuanian General Thaddeus Kosciuszko, an engineer who designed fortifications for the Delaware River and West Point. Another was the Inspector-General of the Continental Army, German-born Baron Friedrich von Steuben.

    There are various subtle interpretations of the Newport block and shell design. The offered lot with a convex shell is carved with twelve outer lobes and eight inner petals. A similar cherry tallcase clock, signed Squire Millard, Warwick, carved with a five lobed shell without inner petal carving was offered Sotheby's Important Americana Sale, October 7, 2006, lot 325.
Activities