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Tall Clock

William Huston (ca. 1730–1791)
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Mahogany, poplar, cherry
105 x 22 x 11 3/4 in. (266.7 x 55.9 x 29.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1948
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
The classic Philadelphia Chippendale-style clock case has a broken-scroll pediment, applied carving, and flame finials—all features found on this example.
Inscription: engraved on the clock dial in subsidiary dial beneath the numeral XII: tempus et Aestus / neminem expectant; chiseled into bonnet bottom: I M; inscribed in chalk on outside of backboard: [various letters and illegible script]
possibly Samuel Powel, Philadelphia, until died 1793; Elizabeth Willing Powel, until died 1830; her nephew, John Hare Powel; Asa Washington; Miss Verna Belli, Pipersville, Pennsylvania, until 1948
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