Art of Time

The exhibition is made possible by The David Berg Foundation.

Exhibition objects

  • Celestial globe with clockwork

    Gerhard Emmoser (German, active 1556–84)

    Date: 1579
    Accession Number: 17.190.636

  • Watch

    Watchmaker: Simon Hackett (before 1620–1664, active 1630–60, master 1646)

    Date: ca. 1632–40
    Accession Number: 17.190.1477

  • Automaton clock in the form of a lion

    Clockmaker: Karl Schmidt (German, ca. 1590–1635/36, working 1614)

    Date: ca. 1620–35
    Accession Number: 29.52.15

  • Longcase clock with calendar and alarm

    Movement probably by Ahasuerus II Fromanteel (1640–1703)

    Date: ca. 1690–94
    Accession Number: 46.107a–h

  • Mantel clock

    Clockmaker: Franz Xavier Gegenreiner (German, active 1760–70)

    Date: case ca. 1710, movement ca. 1760–70
    Accession Number: 46.162

  • Table or bracket clock

    Clockmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)

    Date: ca. 1696
    Accession Number: 64.101.867

The Art of Time

European Clocks and Watches from the Collection

December 18, 2007–April 27, 2008

The exhibition draws upon the Metropolitan Museum's extensive holdings of English, Dutch, French, German, and Swiss horology, ranging in date from the sixteenth through the eighteenth century. Acquired primarily as decorative objects or as a specialized variety of furniture, some of these clocks and watches are equally important in illustrating technical developments in European clock making. While a few have never been exhibited previously and many have not been seen for more than a decade, some will be familiar to visitors from their inclusion in the galleries of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts but are now shown in a new and sometimes surprising context.