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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Isaac Brokaw, American, 1746–1826
Maker (dial): James Osborne, active 1808–13

Tall Case Clock


Mahogany (primary); red gum(bottom molding on hood); white pine (side of hood and glue blocks); yellow poplar (back board, bottom board and top of clock)

95 13/16 × 19 3/8 × 9 9/16 in. (243.4 × 49.2 × 24.3 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Bridgetown, New Jersey
19th century

Alexander M. Hudnut, New York, and Princeton, NJ; Francis P. Garvan, New York. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


American Art Association, New York, Duncan Phyfe and Other Fine Early American Furniture and Decorations: The Private Collection of Alexander M. Hudnut, Removed from His Country Residence at Princeton, New Jersey, sale cat. (November 19, 1927), 62, lot 81.

Brooks Palmer, The Book of American Clocks (New York: MacMillan Company, 1928), no. 47, ill.

Edwin A. Battison and Patricia E. Kane, The American Clock, 1725–1865: The Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Greenwich, Conn.: New York Graphic Society, 1973), 98–101, no. 20, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.