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Longcase clock with calendar

Clockmaker: Joseph Knibb (British, 1640–1711)
ca. 1680–85
British, London
Case: walnut and oak veneered with walnut; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steel
Overall: 78 1/4 × 16 3/8 × 9 1/4 in. (198.8 × 41.6 × 23.5 cm); Quarter Strike weight (far left when viewing the object) and Hour Strike weight: 11.5 lb. (5.2 kg); Going Train (center): 6.7 lb. (3.1 kg); Width (dial plate): 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Irwin Untermyer, 1973
Accession Number:
Not on view
Joseph Knibb was an outstanding clockmaker in London in the generation that included such illustrious names as Fromanteel and Thomas Tompion. The familiar longcase, or grandfather, clock exemplified here was developed in England in the latter part of the seventeenth century in response to improvements in the technology of the pendulum. The older narrow-trunked case gave way to a
form with wider proportions, which allowed the new, long pendulum to swing undisturbed. The gilded and matted dial of this splendid clock has a silvered-brass skeleton chapter of hours typical of Knibb’s finest work. Knibb’s movement goes for eight days on a single winding and strikes the hours and quarters on separate bells.
Signature: Signed on dial: Ioseph Knibb London
Private Collection, England (since the eighteenth century) ; [ sale, Christie, Manson & Woods , March 16, 1972, no. 17; sold to Untermyer ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1972–73; bequeathed to MMA)
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