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image of Shaker Tall Clock Shaker Tall Clock
Rendered by Irving I. Smith (artist), c. 1937
watercolor, graphite, pen and ink, and gouache on paperboard
overall: 31.9 x 22.2 cm (12 9/16 x 8 3/4 in.)
Index of American Design
1943.8.13585
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From the Tour: Shaker Crafts from the Index of American Design
Object 16 of 17

Clocks, such as this one, were found in Shaker dormitories and shops. Its design is a simplified version of the traditional New England clock. Ornamental features have been deleted, and only the major elements of the classic base, shaft, and capital have been retained. An exception to Shaker custom, Benjamin Youngs followed the tradition of other clockmakers by inscribing his name on the face. Shaker craftsmen were not usually permitted to sign their works, for this represented a display of personal pride.

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