This gilded-brass case is covered in a complex arrangement of decoration and dials with functions for displaying the time, as well as calendrical and astronomical information. Designed as an opulent demonstration of its owner’s wealth and scientific knowledge, this clock is called a Metzger type after the Augsburg clockmaker Jeremias Metzger, who made other, similar pieces. Princely themes of hunting and the allegorical figures that weave around the dials reflect the well-rounded education of the Renaissance owner.
Signature: Engraved on left side of case: MEFECIT · CHAS / PARVS · BOHEMVS / INVIÆNNA · AVS / TRIA ANNO / 1568
Marking: Each struck twice on movement:  crescent moon and the initial B inside a trefoil motif.  crescent moon and star over star and crescent moon, inside shield-shaped motif.
Movement: signed with maker’s mark: (punched, in cameo) CB and moon and stars within a shielf
Charles Stein (before 1878–1886; Stein Collection sale, Galerie Georges Petit, May 10–14, 1886, no. 215); Frédéric Spitzer (before 1893–ca. 1906) ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
Artist: Fourteen identified German (Augsburg) goldsmiths and other German artisans; Japanese (Imari) porcelain makerDate: ca. 1743–45Medium: Gilt silver, hard-paste porcelain, cut glass, walnut, carved and partially gilt coniferous wood, blind-tooled and partially gilt leather, partially gilt steel and iron, textiles, moiré paper, hog's bristleAccession: 2005.364.1a–d–.48On view in:Gallery 551
Artist: Clockmaker: Franz Xavier Gegenreiner (German, active 1760–70)Date: case ca. 1710, movement ca. 1760–70Medium: Case: tortoiseshell backed with brass leaf, pearwood veneered with rosewood; and partly gilded silver; Movement: gilded brass and steelAccession: 46.162On view in:Gallery 551