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: Engraved above dial: Tho. Tompion / London / Fecit
Engraved on movement: Tho Tompion / LONDON
Inscription: Engraved between the dials S N
Colonel Herbert Hall Mulliner , Clifton Court, Rugby, Warwickshire, England (by 1923) (before 1933); [ J. V. G. Mallett , in 1933; sold for £275 to Untermyer ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1933–64; to MMA)
Artist: Clockmaker: Daniel Delander (British, 1678–1733)Date: probably ca. 1720Medium: Case: walnut, oak veneered with walnut and burl walnut; stained wooden moldings; and brass fittings; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1974.28.94On view in:Not on view
Artist: Watchmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)Date: 1685–86Medium: Outer case: red tortoiseshell with silver inlay; Inner case and champlevé dial: silverAccession: 17.190.1487a, bOn view in:Not on view