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Tall Case Clock

1969.775 (RS180508)

Description

Mahogany tall case clock has pierced crest that features vine motifs; brass ball finials on plinths; arched cabinet with pierced vegetal motifs; fluted columns; light and darkwood banded inlay and fan motifs. Aaron Willard's label appears on the inside of the door.

Details

Label
Brothers Simon and Aaron Willard were renowned Massachusetts clock makers. Willard clocks were known for their sumptuous fine detail, elaborately carved finials, and smooth pendulum movements. The glass dials and animated figures were often painted by celebrated Boston artists. For the Codman family, owning a Willard clock was a status symbol because of its high quality. This tall-case clock's previous owner was Perrin May, Sarah Bradlee Codman's maternal grandfather, a China trade merchant. The clock stands more than nine feet tall on the staircase of the Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Maker
Willard, Aaron (Maker)
Date
1800-1815
Location of origin
Boston, MA, USA, SUFFOLK
Associated Building
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.).
Material
birch (wood)
brass (alloy)
gilt bronze
glass (material)
inlay (process)
mahogany (wood)
maple (wood)
pine (wood)
Object type
Timekeeping T&E
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
birch (wood)
brass (alloy)
Clock
Clock, Floor
Clock, Tall Case
Federal
gilt bronze
glass (material)
inlay (process)
mahogany (wood)
maple (wood)
pine (wood)
tall case clocks
timepieces
Associated events
Elegant Embellishments (1982)
People and organizations
May, Perrin, 1767-1844
Dimensions
109 3/4 x 21 5/8 x 10 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1969.775
Credit Line
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
GUSN
72469

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