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Celestial globe with clockwork

Gerhard Emmoser (German, active 1556–84)
Austrian, Vienna
Partially gilded silver, gilded brass (case); brass, steel (movement)
Overall: 10 3/4 × 8 × 7 1/2 in. (27.3 × 20.3 × 19.1 cm); Diameter of globe: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Signature: Signed on semi-circle mounted at right angles to meridian ring: GERHARD / EMMOSER · SAC[RAE] · CAES[ARAE] · MEIS[TATIS] · HOROLOGIARIUS · F[ECIT] · VIENNÆ · A[NNO] · 1579 [trans.: Gerhard Emmoser, clockmaker to the Holy Roman Emperor, Vienna, 1579]
Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II of Austria (by 1607/11–1648) ; Christina, Queen of Sweden (from 1651) ; Avocat Fortier, Conseiller du Roi (1770) ; M. Delacronière, Conseiller en la cour des aides de Paris (1781) ; M. Daugny (until 1858; his sale, Hôtel des Commissaires-Priséurs (Charles Pillet), Paris, March 8, 1858, no. 62); Charles Mannheim (in 1898) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , New York and London (until 1913) ; J. P. Morgan Jr. , New York (by descent, 1913–17; to MMA)
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