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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF1778

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Edward Spalding, American, 1732–1785

Dimensions

243.841 x 48.26 x 30.48 cm (96 x 19 x 12 in.); Width, dial: 30.48 cm (12 in.)

Date

1770–1785

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine and chestnut (secondary)

Marks

"Spalding / PROVIDENCE," engraved on dial

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

C. W. Lyon, Inc., New York; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Norvin H. Green (1893–1955), Tuxedo Park, New York, and Phoenix; consigned to Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, November 29–30, December 1–2, 1950, lot 674. Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York. Doris and Richard Seidlitz, Pound Ridge, New York. Private collection by 2003

Associated names

C. W. Lyon, Inc.
Norvin H. Green
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.
Richard M. Seidlitz
Doris Seidlitz

Notes

Movement: 8-day brass time and strike

See also


Bibliography

"Frontispiece," American Collector 10, no.11 (December 1941): 6, ill.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, The Notable American Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Norvin H. Green, sale cat. (November 29–December 2, 1950), 230–231, lot 674, ill.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 122–123, no. 77, ill.
Felice Davis, "The American Connoisseur: A 'Young' Collector and American Antiques," Connoisseur 179, no. 721 (March 1972): 195, fig. 5.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 339, fig. 8.24–8.24a.
Wendy A. Cooper and Tara L. Gleason, "A Different Rhode Island Block-and-Shell Story: Providence Provenances and Pitch-Pediments," American Furniture (1999): 188, 190, fig. 32.
Frank L. Hohmann III et al., Timeless: Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks (New York: Hohmann Holdings, 2009), 296–297, no. 91, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 102, 112n21, 314, 318n1, 319–320, no. 62, fig. 1.