American Decorative Arts
Maker: Benjamin Willard, American, 1743–1803

Musical Tall Case Clock

ca. 1789

American Cherry; backboard, white pine

91 7/8 x 21 x 12 1/2 in. (233.4 x 53.3 x 31.8 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2284
Geography: 
Made in Grafton, Massachusetts
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Timepieces
Status: 
On view*
Bibliography: 

Edwin A. Battison and Patricia E. Kane, The American Clock, 1725–1865: The Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Greenwich, Conn.: New York Graphic Society, 1973), 54–57, no. 9, ill.

Gary R. Sullivan and Kate Van Winkle Keller, Keeping Time: Musical Clocks of Early America 1730–1830, exh. cat. (North Grafton, Mass.: The Willard House and Clock Museum, 2013), 42, ill.

Gary R. Sullivan and Kate Van Winkle Keller, Musical Clocks of Early America, 1730–1830: A Catalogue Raisonné (North Grafton, Mass.: The Willard House and Clock Museum, 2017), 331–33, fig. 162, 162 A-C.

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