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Tall case clock

Object number



Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Samuel Rockwell, 1722–1773


95 1/2 22 11 in. (242.6 55.9 27.9 cm)



Current location

Stanley Weiss Collection


Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); mahogany (base of hood sides, dial mat); pine (back of pediment, back board, bottom board, corner blocks in waist, board behind front of hood); yellow poplar (blocks holding dial mat to base of hood)


"Samuel / Rockwell / Providence," engraved on boss


"Nov 1947 / J W Bennett," in graphite, on interior back board behind movement; "9811– / 2-18-35," in graphite, at top of proper right stile below saddle board; the back of the pediment retains fragments of undated (but probably eighteenth-century) newsprint


Christie's, New York, October 23, 1993, lot 216; sold to The Stanley Weiss Collection, Providence, Rhode Island

Associated names



"A Mahogany Chippendale Tall Case Clock with a Dial Signed by Samuel Rockwell, Attributed to the Goddard Townsend Family, Providence, RI, 1760-70," (accessed August 27, 2010), sw01309.
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), 112n33.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (October 23, 1993), 96–97, lot 216, ill.
Stanley Weiss and Brock Jobe, Fine American Antiques in the Stanley Weiss Collection (Providence, R.I.: Stanley Weiss Collection, 2019), 30, sw01309, ill.