SPECIAL ADVISORY: In accordance with Yale University’s revised COVID-19 protocols, the Yale University Art Gallery is closed to the public until further notice. Learn More

American Decorative Arts
Maker (dial): James Osborne, active 1808–13

Tall Case Clock


Mahogany; top of hood and a glueblock in case, basswood; back of hood, white pine

88 × 22 1/4 × 11 1/4 in. (223.5 × 56.5 × 28.6 cm)
overall height change to base+obj: 89 1/4 in. (226.7 cm)
frame, hood: 16 11/16 × 8 3/8 in. (42.4 × 21.3 cm)
lower case: 61 1/4 × 20 3/16 × 10 3/16 in. (155.6 × 51.3 × 25.9 cm)
frame, lower
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Rhode Island
18th century

Israel Sack, New York; Francis P. Garvan, New York, to 1929; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Albert Sack, Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1950), 122, 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), 158–161, no. 35, ill.

Douglass Scott, Joan Ketter, and Michael Boodro, The American Clock, 1725–1865, Forgeries and Restorations in American Furniture: Two Yale Student Exhibitions, May 18–June 28, 1974, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Garvan Furniture Study, May 18–June 28, 1974), no. 36.

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.