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Clock

Date:
probably second quarter 17th century, with later additions
Culture:
probably Polish, Krakow
Medium:
Case: ebony veneered on fruitwood, and gilded brass; Movement: iron and brass
Dimensions:
20-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 5-1/2 in. (52.1 x 14.0 x 14.0 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, 1929
Accession Number:
29.52.11
Not on view
The influence of Augsburg is clearly evident in this clock, with its revolving figure wielding a pointer that indicates the hour on its horizontal chapter ring. Most centers of clockmaking in Central and Eastern Europe lacked the variety of highly skilled craftsmen available in Augsburg, however; thus Augsburg, and to a lesser extent Nürnberg, styles of casemaking appeared there in more modestly executed forms. This clock, although not signed, incorporates characteristics commonly found in Polish clocks.
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim (until 1929; to MMA)
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