Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States 1808
45 x 10 1/4 in.
Églomisé glass; paint; brass; gilding
Sack catalogue description: This supreme banjo clock is documented as the work of Aaron Willard by the die-stamp on the brass movement which reads, "A. Willard, Boston 1808"; additionally, the lower églomisé tablet is signed on the reverse, "Willard and Nolen, Washington Street, Boston." The front of the tablet depicts and is inscribed, "Hercules Assisting Atlas in Supporting the Globe," the sides of the case are painted white indicating its original purpose as a bridal clock, the carved and gilded floral side brackets are, to our knowledge, unique. Ex-collection Dexter Spalding; exhibited in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; illustrated in Cooper, In Praise of America, p. 23. ----- Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 10, p. 2613, pl. P6299. Book: Wendy A. Cooper, In Praise of America: American Decorative Arts, 1650–1830 (New York: Knopf, distributed by Random House, 1980), p. 23.
Supreme banjo clock
Decoration and ornament--Federal style Furniture--United States
banjo clocks (AAT)
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Israel Sack, Inc., Archive
New York, New York, United States 1957–1990
Sack, September 1990 This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.