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Table or bracket clock with calendar

Maker:
Clockmaker: Daniel Delander (British, 1678–1733)
Date:
probably ca. 1720
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Case: walnut, oak veneered with walnut and burl walnut; stained wooden moldings; and brass fittings; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steel
Dimensions:
Overall: 22 1/4 × 14 1/2 × 8 1/4 in. (56.5 × 36.8 × 21 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Bequest of Irwin Untermyer, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.28.94
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 513
Daniel Delander was the most distinguished member of a long-active family of London clockmakers. Apprenticed in 1692 to Charles Halstead, he later became a journeyman assistant in the workshop of Thomas Tompion. By 1706 he had set up his own establishment in Devereux Court, Fleet Street. His clocks and watches are known for both their inventiveness and fine craftsmanship. This table clock, or bracket clock, as the type has been commonly called, is unusual owing to its large size and elegant proportions. The eight-day springdriven movement can be adjusted to strike the hours or remain silent.
Signature: Signed on dial: Dan: Delander/ LONDON.

Signed on back plate of movement: Dan Delander/LONDON
[ sale, Christie's, London , December 9, 1971, no. 18; sold to Untermyer ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1971–73; bequeathed to MMA)
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