Tall Case Clock

Collection Type

  • Clocks and timekeeping

Date

1800-1815

GUSN

GUSN-72469

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

Descriptive Terms

tall case clocks
timepieces
birch (wood)
brass (alloy)
glass (material)
inlay (process)
mahogany (wood)
maple (wood)
gilt bronze
pine (wood)
Federal
Clock
Clock, Floor
Clock, Tall Case
Clock, Tall Case

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.

Associated Building

Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.),

Associated Events

Elegant Embellishments (1982)

Maker

Willard, Aaron (Maker)

Location of Origin

Boston, MA, USA, SUFFOLK

Object Type

Timekeeping T&E

Dimensions

109 3/4 x 21 5/8 x 10 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman

Accession Number

1969.775

Places

Massachusetts (United States)