• Important American Furniture,  auction at Christies

    Sale 2200

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art & Prints

    30 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 105

    A Federal Inlaid Mahogany Dwarf Clock

    DIAL SIGNED BY JOSHUA WILDER (1786-1860), HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, CASE ATTRIBUTED TO ABIEL WHITE (1766-1844), WEYMOUTH AND HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1825

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    A Federal Inlaid Mahogany Dwarf Clock
    Dial Signed by Joshua Wilder (1786-1860), Hingham, Massachusetts, Case Attributed to Abiel White (1766-1844), Weymouth and Hingham, Massachusetts, circa 1825
    47 in. high, 10¾ in. wide, 5¾ in. deep


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    According to the recent scholarship of Gary Sullivan, Brock Jobe and Jack OBrien found in their landmark publication, Harbor & Home, Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850, the production of dwarf clocks in the Hingham-Area far surpassed that of tall clocks between the years of 1815-1825. There were three craftsmen that had the greatest out put of dwarf clocks; Joshua Wilder, his likely apprentice Reuben Tower and Abiel White. Wilder (fig. 2) was known to have made more than double the amount of clocks that Tower turned out and White was contracted to make the majority of the cases for both clockmakers. For related Joshua Wilder examples please see Harbor & Home, pg. 314, plate 103.3. A related dial can be found in the same publication on pg. 322, plate 104.2.

    Provenance

    Great Gandfather Hudges Reed, 1813
    Great Aunt Evie Reed Dean, 1850
    Great Aunt Dutti Washburn, 1850
    Walter and Florence Brooks, 1911
    Walter and Cynthia Brooks, 1961
    Walter and Elizabeth Brooks, 1973
    By descent to the present owner


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