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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF2109

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Seril Dodge, 1759-1802

Dimensions

217.17 x 53.34 x 26.988 cm (85 1/2 x 21 x 10 5/8 in.); Width, dial: 30.48 cm (12 in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine and maple (secondary)

Marks

"S Dodge," engraved on dial

Inscriptions

"Tempus Edax Rerum," engraved on dial arch; "THE APPRECIATION OF A MINUTE IS ALL THE GOLDEN VALUE IN IT," engraved on chapter ring

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Mrs. Barker, Bristol, Rhode Island; sold to Harry Arons, Ansonia, Connecticut; sold to Betty Barton Evans (1923–2013) and Thomas Mellon (1911–1997); consigned to Sotheby's, New York, June 19, 1998, lot 2022

Associated names

Mrs. Barker
Harry Arons
Thomas Mellon Evans
Betty Barton Evans
Sotheby's

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important American Furniture from the Collection of the Late Thomas Mellon and Betty Evans, sale cat. (June 19, 1998), 22–25, lot 2022, ill.
Wendy A. Cooper and Tara L. Gleason, "A Different Rhode Island Block-and-Shell Story: Providence Provenances and Pitch-Pediments," American Furniture (1999): 175, fig. 11.
Frank L. Hohmann III et al., Timeless: Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks (New York: Hohmann Holdings, 2009), 290–291, no. 88, 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), 111n4, 112n37.