Mantel clock

Aaron Willard (1757–1844)

Object Place: Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 211


Overall: 91.4 x 34.3 x 14.9 cm (36 x 13 1/2 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


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)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Mary D.B. Wilson in memory of Charles H. Wilson of Hingham