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Astronomical table clock

Date:
second quarter 17th century
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Case: gilded brass and gilded copper; Dials: gilded brass and silver; Movement: brass, gilded brass, and steel
Dimensions:
Overall: 25 × 10 × 10 in. (63.5 × 25.4 × 25.4 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.747
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 520
The tower-like case of this clock was a form developed in the sixteenth century when Augsburg clockmakers collaborated with metalworkers to make miniature gilded turrets. Likely a masterpiece clock made for admission into the Augsburg clockmakers’ guild, it meets all the specified technical requirements. The architectural structure provides an ideal surface for displaying the dials and features. The obelisk at the top is removable and doubles as a winding key—an inventive example of the marriage between form and function.
Marking: Marked on interior of each side panel of case: Pinecone within a shield-shaped reserve (Augsburg town mark)
J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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