Timepiece

A work made of gilt mahogany and white pine, painted glass, gesso, iron, steel, and brass.
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  • A work made of gilt mahogany and white pine, painted glass, gesso, iron, steel, and brass.

Date:

1802/5

Artist:

Works by Elnathan Taber
American, 1768–1854
Roxbury, Massachusetts

About this artwork

Elnathan Taber apprenticed with a member of the Willard family clockmakers of Roxbury, who dominated the clock-making industry at the turn of the 18th century. In 1801 Simon Willard patented a timepiece that hung on the wall and featured an eight-day movement with pendulum and a weight. This wall clock is also known as a banjo clock because of its shape. The painter of the glass panels is unknown but shows an unusual sophistication and subject matter. Classically-inspired themes such as these figures with a temple in the background allude to the early American republic’s self-conscious affinity with the power and democratic values of the earlier Roman republic. The timepiece was originally owned by Edward Toppan of Boston and Newburyport.

On View

American Art, Gallery 169

Artist

Elnathan Taber

Title

Timepiece

Origin

Roxbury

Date

1802–1805

Medium

Gilt mahogany and white pine, painted glass, gesso, iron, steel, and brass

Dimensions

109.2 cm (43 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mrs. Herbert A. Vance

Reference Number

1996.13

Extended information about this artwork

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