Ahasuerus Fromanteel introduced the pendulum clock to England shortly after its invention by Dutch mathematician Christiaan Huygens in 1656. The use of the pendulum necessitated a new case form for the clock movement: early English pendulum clocks were housed in severely architectural wooden cases. The design of this clock, whose applied Doric columns supporting the architrave and pediment are of unusually pleasing proportions, may have been influenced by the work of the English architect Christopher Wren.
Signature: Engraved at bottom of dial: A: Fromanteel Londini
Irwin Untermyer , New York (until 1973; bequeathed to MMA)
Artist: Clockmaker: Joseph Knibb (British, 1640–1711)Date: ca. 1680–85Medium: Case: walnut and oak veneered with walnut; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1974.28.92On view in:Gallery 511
Artist: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)Date: ca. 1677–80Medium: Case: oak veneered with walnut, panels of oyster-cut olive wood; marquetry panels of green-stained bone, ivory, and various woods; gilded-brass mounts; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1999.48.2On view in:Gallery 518
Artist: Movement by Michael Nouwen, or Nouen (Flemish, active London, ca. 1600–10, died 1613)Date: ca. 1600–10Medium: Case: gilded brass; Dial: gilded brass with a blued steel hand; Movement: gilded brass and ironAccession: 17.190.1549On view in:Gallery 517
Artist: Clock maker: Jean Godde l'aîné (French, ca. 1668–1748/49)Date: ca. 1740–45Medium: Case: gilded bronze, oak, and tortoiseshell on brass marquetry on oak; Dial: white enamel and gilded brass with blued-steel hands; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1971.206.27On view in:Gallery 526