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Table or bracket clock

Maker:
Clockmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)
Date:
ca. 1696
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Case: ebony veneered on oak with gilded- and silvered-brass fittings; Movement: brass and steel
Dimensions:
Overall: 16 1/4 × 10 1/2 × 7 in. (41.3 × 26.7 × 17.8 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Accession Number:
64.101.867
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
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).
Signature: Signed: Tho. Tompion/London/Fecit [Thomas Tompion (1639–1713)]
Irwin Untermyer (until 1964; to MMA)
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