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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Seril Dodge, American, 1759–1802


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



Current location

Private collection


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


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


"S Dodge," engraved on dial


"Tempus Edax Rerum," engraved on dial arch; "THE APPRECIATION OF A MINUTE IS ALL THE GOLDEN VALUE IN IT," engraved on chapter ring; "8 in," in graphite, on block behind upper waist door hinge


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; sold to Leigh Keno American Antiques, New York. Christie's, New York, January 17–18, 2019, lot 1245

Associated names

Mrs. Barker
Harry Arons
Thomas Mellon Evans
Betty Barton Evans
Leigh Keno American Antiques
Christie's New York


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.
Christie's New York, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Prints, sale cat. (January 17–18, 2019), 148–151, fig. lot 1245.