Movement by Ahasuerus I Fromanteel (English, 1607–1693)
Case: oak veneered with ebony; gilt-brass mounts; Dial: gilded and silvered brass with black numerals; Movement: brass and steel
19 1/2 x 12 x 7 1/4 in. (49.53 x 30.48 x 18.42 cm)
Bequest of Irwin Untermyer, 1973 (1974.28.93)
Early English pendulum clocks were often housed in wooden cases of severely architectural character. The applied Doric columns supporting the architrave and pediment of this example are of unusually pleasing proportions, and the design may have been influenced by the work of the architect Christopher Wren (16321723). The clock has an eight-day, weight-driven, hour-striking movement, with a verge escapement and short, or bob, pendulum. It also has bolt and shutter maintaining power, allowing the clock to continue operating while being wound.