Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Hooded wall clock with calendar

Clockmaker: Ahasuerus I Fromanteel (British, Norwich, England 1607–1693)
ca. 1660–65
British, London
Case: ebony and oak veneered with ebony, ebonized wood, and gilded brass; Dial: gilded brass with silvered-brass chapter ring; Movement: brass and steel
Overall: 19 1/2 × 12 × 7 1/4 in. (49.5 × 30.5 × 18.4 cm); Width (dial plate): 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Irwin Untermyer, 1973
Accession Number:
Not on view
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
Lionel H. Moore (in 1952–60; sale, Sotheby's, London, July 8, 1960, lot 117); [ probably Ronald A. Lee , London; sold to Untermyer ] ; Irwin Untermyer , New York (until 1973; bequeathed to MMA)
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