Known as a mirror clock for its form’s similarity to a looking glass, this has also been called a monstrance clock because it resembles the receptacle for the consecrated host. Religious references in early clocks reflect the Renaissance linking of science and the cosmos to the idea of divine order. This clock displays the hours, days, and a wealth of celestial information. Though not accurate timekeepers, early clocks were valued for their craftsmanship and technical ingenuity: luxury items designed to educate and impress.
J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
Artist: Movement by Michael Nouwen, or Nouen (Flemish, active London, ca. 1600–10, died 1613)Date: ca. 1600–10Medium: Case: gilded brass; Dial: gilded brass with a blued steel hand; Movement: gilded brass and ironAccession: 17.190.1549On view in:Gallery 517
Artist: Clock maker: Jean Godde l'aîné (French, ca. 1668–1748/49)Date: ca. 1740–45Medium: Case: gilded bronze, oak, and tortoiseshell on brass marquetry on oak; Dial: white enamel and gilded brass with blued-steel hands; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1971.206.27On view in:Gallery 526
Artist: Clockmaker: Joseph Knibb (British, 1640–1711)Date: ca. 1680–85Medium: Case: walnut and oak veneered with walnut; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1974.28.92On view in:Gallery 511