PROPERTY OF FRANK AND JUNE BARSALONA
A nearly identical clockcase with works by Levi Hutchins is in the collection of the Currier Gallery of Art and is illustrated in American Art from the Currier Gallery of Art, (New York: The American Federation of Arts, 1995), no. 43, pp. 106-7. Abel Hutchins (1763-1853) with his brother Levi (1761-1855) entered into an apprenticeship with Simon Willard in 1777. Following their apprenticeship they returned home to Concord, New Hampshire and built a successful clock-making business. The brothers dissolved their partnership in 1806 but both remained clockmakers in Concord. Able remained a clockmaker until 1819.
The Currier Gallery of Art's painted clock dial has been attributed to John Ritto Penniman (1782-1841), however there is no documentary evidence to support this. In the claim's defense, several of Willard clock faces are known to have been painted by Penniman and Willard's apprentices are known to have utilized their master's network of craftsmen.
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