Search Results:

<< Viewing Record 367 of 1000 >>
View : Light Box | List View | Image List | Detailed

Your search has been limited to 1000 records. As your search has brought back a large number of records consider using more search terms to bring back a more accurate set of records.

Maker(s):Willard, Aaron
Culture:American (1757-1844)
Title:tall case clock
Date Made:ca. 1800
Type:Timekeeping Device; Furniture
Materials:wood: mahogany, base metal: brass
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Suffolk County: Boston
Measurements:Overall: 104 3/4 in x 22 in x 12 in; 266.1 cm x 55.9 cm x 30.5 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2014.2
Credit Line:Museum Purchase with funds pledged by sixty generous supporters
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Tall case clock with works by Aaron Willard (1757-1844) of Boston for Asa Stebbins (1767-1844) of Deerfield. Case attributed to Major Stephen Badlam Sr. (1751-1815), a cabinetmaker, and painted dial probably by Boston ornamental painter John Minot (fl. 1793-1826). Retains its original flanking ornate cast brass finials. The highly figured mahogany used on the case, the alternating light and dark quarter-fan and half-chevron inlays joined by string inlay on the door, and the added cost of the painted and metal elements are a testament to the refinement and fashionable style promoted by Stebbins, whose home was considered a show piece within Deerfield. Stebbins was a representative in the Massachusetts legislature and as such was familiar with the craftsmanship and fashions popular in Boston. Aaron Willard and his brother Simon were the preeminant Federal clockmakers in Boston, and this clock is considered among the most ambitious Aaron produced. The high Federal style of this clock was a fitting complement to the interior of Stebbins' house, completed in 1799, which featured a "flying" staircase designed by Asher Benjamin. It is thought that Stebbins commissioned this clock specifically for his new home.

Link to share this object record:

Research on objects in the collections, including provenance, is ongoing and may be incomplete. If you have additional information or would like to learn more about a particular object, please email

2 Related Media Items

<< Viewing Record 367 of 1000 >>