Case: walnut and oak veneered with walnut; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steel
Overall: 78 1/4 × 16 3/8 × 9 1/4 in. (198.8 × 41.6 × 23.5 cm); Quarter Strike weight (far left when viewing the object) and Hour Strike weight: 11.5 lb. (5.2 kg); Going Train (center): 6.7 lb. (3.1 kg); Width (dial plate): 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Bequest of Irwin Untermyer, 1973
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 511
Joseph Knibb was an outstanding clockmaker in London in the generation that included such illustrious names as Fromanteel and Thomas Tompion. The familiar longcase, or grandfather, clock exemplified here was developed in England in the latter part of the seventeenth century in response to improvements in the technology of the pendulum. The older narrow-trunked case gave way to a form with wider proportions, which allowed the new, long pendulum to swing undisturbed. The gilded and matted dial of this splendid clock has a silvered-brass skeleton chapter of hours typical of Knibb’s finest work. Knibb’s movement goes for eight days on a single winding and strikes the hours and quarters on separate bells.
Artist: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)Date: ca. 1677–80Medium: Case: oak veneered with walnut, panels of oyster-cut olive wood; marquetry panels of green-stained bone, ivory, and various woods; gilded-brass mounts; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1999.48.2On view in:Gallery 518
Artist: Movement by Michael Nouwen, or Nouen (Flemish, active London, ca. 1600–10, died 1613)Date: ca. 1600–10Medium: Case: gilded brass; Dial: gilded brass with a blued steel hand; Movement: gilded brass and ironAccession: 17.190.1549On view in:Gallery 517