This portable clock has a repeating mechanism allowing it to strike on the quarter hour and hour, a valuable feature in darkness. Except for special commissions, the cases of Tompion table clocks tended to be rather sober. Where ebony was used, the clockmaker relied on the pleasing effect of the plain black surface to contrast with the gold and silver of the dial and applied hardware (the vase-shaped finials were added by a later owner).
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: Clockmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)Date: ca. 1700Medium: Case: walnut; oak veneered with walnut; and string inlays of holly and stained holly; Dial: partly gilded and partly silvered brass; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 64.101.865On view in:Not on view