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Table or bracket clock

Maker:
Clockmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)
Date:
ca. 1696
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Case: ebony veneered on oak with gilded- and silvered-brass fittings; Movement: brass and steel
Dimensions:
Overall: 16 1/4 × 10 1/2 × 7 in. (41.3 × 26.7 × 17.8 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Accession Number:
64.101.867
Not on view
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)
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