Exhibitions/ Art Object

Longcase clock with calendar and alarm

Movement probably by Ahasuerus II Fromanteel (1640–1703)
ca. 1690–94
Dutch, Amsterdam
Case: walnut and rosewood veneer on oak, and partly gilded limewood; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steel
Overall: 88 × 19 1/4 × 10 7/8 in. (223.5 × 48.9 × 27.6 cm); Width (dial plate): 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of John Munro Woolsey, 1946
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 636
The longcase pendulum clock with anchor escapement was developed in England in 1670 and soon afterwards English clockmakers began making similar clocks in The Netherlands. The movement of this example was the work of such an English ex-patriot working in Amsterdam, Ahaseurus II Fromanteel (London has mistakenly been added to the dial). The maker of the case, which follows English prototypes, has not been identified but the exuberant acanthus scroll cresting with eagles perched at the corners is distinctly Dutch.
Signature: Dial signed, falsely: Fromanteel/London
John Munro Woolsey (until 1946; bequeathed to MMA)
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