Carved Cherry Tall Case Clock, Asahel (b. 1759) and Martin (1778-c. 1830) Cheney, Putney, Vermont, 1798-1803, the engraved brass tombstone dial with a rampant lion in the arch, floral spandrels, seconds hand and calendar aperture, signed "Asahel Cheney/Putney," with eight-day brass weight-driven movement, refinished, (imperfections), ht. 90 in.
Provenance: Douglas Marland Collection, Windsor House, New Canaan, Connecticut; Bernard and S. Dean Levy, New York City, 1993; purchased by the current owners from the preceding.
Literature: see Zogry, p. 108, cat. no. 60.
Exhibitions: The Best the Country Affords: Vermont Furniture, 1765-1850, The Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont, 1995.
Note: Zogry tells us that Asahel and Martin were sons of Benjamin Cheney, of East Hartford, Connecticut, and they moved up the river to Vermont in the mid-1790s. He further guesses that Martin Cheney, who signed the bottom of the seatboard "This clock made by Martin Cheney," might have done so because his brother's name only appears on the dial.
feet have been off and on but appear original.