Table clock

Movement by Bartholomew Newsam British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 509

Bartholomew Newsam is the earliest known native English maker of small domestic clocks, yet his few surviving works are remarkably similar to French clocks. In this example, the cylindrical gilded-brass case contours to the shape of the movement contained inside: the perforated dome of the upper section follows the form of an interior bell. The leather and gilded-brass outer case, which protected the clock during travel, has a special opening at the top for easy access to the dial.

Table clock, Movement by Bartholomew Newsam (British, recorded 1565, died 1587), Case: engraved, chased, and gilded brass; dial: silver; movement: brass and steel, British, London

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