Aaron Willard (1757–1844)
Object Place: Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States
Overall: 91.4 x 34.3 x 14.9 cm (36 x 13 1/2 x 5 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Mahogany, pine, glass, brass paw front feet
Not On View
The upper case has a projecting cornice crowned by a scrolled crest with a molded center block carrying a brass ball finial and rests on a large cove and other moldings. At the base is a convex molding with a raised panel at each front corner. The painted glasses are framed with convex moldings. The upper glass is painted with sprays of foliage in gold on a black ground with four gilt stars red within wreaths at the corners. Below is a horizontal band inscribed in gold on a red ground with the maker’s name. The lower glass within a border of shells and flowers shows a mother and child seated in a neoclassical chair in an interior with a painted floor. The clock face is enameled white with Roman numerals. There are brass paw front feet and turned gilded wooden back feet.
Horizontal band on upper section painted: "Aaron Willard / BOSTON"
Bought by Louisa Adams (died 1876) for $50, in 1817, the year of her marriage in Quincy, Mass., to William Wilson (1793-1863); by descent in the family to the donor, Mrs. Mary D.B. Wilson (Accession Date September 23, 1964)
Gift of Mrs. Mary D.B. Wilson in memory of Charles H. Wilson of Hingham