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Tall case clock


Object number

RIF5836

Maker

Casemaker Unknown
Clockmaker Samuel Rockwell, 1722?1773

Dimensions

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

Date

1765–1785

Current location

The Stanley Weiss Collection

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

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)

Marks

"Samuel / Rockwell / Providence," engraved on boss

Inscriptions

"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

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

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

Associated names

Christie's

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (October 23, 1993), 96–97, lot 216, ill.
"A Mahogany Chippendale Tall Case Clock with a Dial Signed by Samuel Rockwell, Attributed to the Goddard Townsend Family, Providence, RI, 1760-70," http://www.tildenthurber.com/stanleyweiss/pages/items13/sw01309r.html (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.
Stanley Weiss and Brock Jobe, Fine American Antiques in the Stanley Weiss Collection (Providence, R.I.: The Stanley Weiss Collection, 2019), 30, sw01309, ill.