Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Longcase clock with calendar

Maker:
Clockmaker: Joseph Knibb (British, 1640–1711)
Date:
ca. 1680–85
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Case: walnut and oak veneered with walnut; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steel
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Bequest of Irwin Untermyer, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.28.92
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.
Signature: Signed on dial: Ioseph Knibb London
Irwin Untermyer (until 1973; bequeathed to MMA)
Related Objects

Lantern clock

Artist: Clockmaker: Joseph Knibb (British, 1640–1711) Date: ca. 1675 Medium: Brass Accession: 64.101.859 On view in:Not on view

Longcase clock with calendrical, lunar, and tidal indications (The Graves Tompion)

Artist: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713) Date: ca. 1677–80 Medium: 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 steel Accession: 1999.48.2 On view in:Gallery 518

Traveling clock watch with alarm

Artist: Watchmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713) Date: ca. 1680 Medium: Case and dial: silver; Movement: gilded brass, partly blued steel, and silver Accession: 17.190.1512 On view in:Gallery 517

Clock watch

Artist: Movement by Michael Nouwen, or Nouen (Flemish, active London, ca. 1600–10, died 1613) Date: ca. 1600–10 Medium: Case: gilded brass; Dial: gilded brass with a blued steel hand; Movement: gilded brass and iron Accession: 17.190.1549 On view in:Gallery 517