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Banjo clock

Simon Willard (American, 1753–1848)

Object Place: Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States


108.0 x 26.7 x 10.5 cm (42 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilded, gessoed wood, reverse glass paintings, painted dial, brass gears

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Banjo clock having a round, painted iron face bearing Roman numerals and spear-shaped hour and minute hands, circular convex glass door with brass bezel and latch, and surmounted by a gilded wooden eagle finial. Gilded composition vine brackets flank the throat which has been reverse painted on glass in a gold diaper pattern on a field of pale blue. A yellow rope framework surrounds the design. The lower section of the throat is decorated with a sun with a face. The lower tablet bears reverse painting on glass of an oval design within a rectangular format decorated with a diaper pattern and foliate decoration. The entire face of the banjo clock is framed with shallow, gilded pilasters. The gilded presentation bracket bears broad fluting, spheres descending from the box, and an acorn terminus.


Painted on lower rectangular element: "S. WILLARD'S PATENT"


Early history unknown; bequeathed by Henry Saltonstall Howe, Canton, Massachusetts (Accession Date December 14, 1994)

Credit Line

Bequest of Henry Saltonstall Howe