Case: gilt brass; Movement: iron stackfreed mechanism
H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); Diam. 2 1/2 in. (6.4cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Not on view
The underside of the case bears the punchmark ND, in this period probably the mark of the clockmaker, not the casemaker. The engraved band on the side of the case reproduces a 1549 print by Hans Sebald Beham (1500–1550) titled Triumphal Procession of the Noble Glorious Women, which was also used as a model for the reliefs on the base of the clock. The clock is signed by Caspar Behaim. Although it is often possible to trace the sources of their designs, very little is known about sixteenth-century clock casemakers. The watch movement was probably installed relatively recently, perhaps when the present hand was made.
Marking:  the initials ND inside a shield over interlaced arrow and clover (punched); 1554 incised in a rectangle (on inner side of bottom)
Carl Heinrich Marfels ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
Artist: Fourteen identified German (Augsburg) goldsmiths and other German artisans; Japanese (Imari) porcelain makerDate: ca. 1743–45Medium: Gilt silver, hard-paste porcelain, cut glass, walnut, carved and partially gilt coniferous wood, blind-tooled and partially gilt leather, partially gilt steel and iron, textiles, moiré paper, hog's bristleAccession: 2005.364.1a–d–.48On view in:Gallery 551