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.
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