Hooded wall clock with calendar

Maker: Clockmaker: Ahasuerus I Fromanteel (British, Norwich, England 1607–1693)

Date: ca. 1660–65

Culture: British, London

Medium: Case: ebony and oak veneered with ebony, ebonized wood, and gilded brass; Dial: gilded brass with silvered-brass chapter ring; Movement: brass and steel

Dimensions: Overall: 19 1/2 × 12 × 7 1/4 in. (49.5 × 30.5 × 18.4 cm); Width (dial plate): 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)

Classification: Horology

Credit Line: Bequest of Irwin Untermyer, 1973

Accession Number: 1974.28.93

Description

Early English pendulum clocks were often housed in wooden cases of severely architectural character. The applied Doric columns supporting the architrave and pediment of this example are of unusually pleasing proportions, and the design may have been influenced by the work of the architect Christopher Wren (1632–1723). The clock has an eight-day, weight-driven, hour-striking movement, with a verge escapement and short, or bob, pendulum. It also has bolt and shutter maintaining power, allowing the clock to continue operating while being wound.

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