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Clock in the Form of an Urn
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Clock in the Form of an Urn


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The movement of this clock is marked D. F. with a pinecone, indicating Augsburg as its city of origin. It is typical of the elaborate clocks with symbolic associations for which that city became known in the later 16th and 17th centuries. Urns had been used since antiquity for the ashes of the dead, while on the silver ovals are allegorical representations of the four seasons.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/13/1958Treatmentcleaned
12/21/1962Treatmentcleaned; other
12/06/1977Treatmentcleaned; repaired
1/27/1978Loan Considerationexamined for loan
12/13/1979Treatmentcleaned
12/13/1979Examinationexamined for loan
10/14/1987Examinationexamined for condition
10/14/1987Treatmentcleaned
7/01/2002Examinationexamined for survey
Exhibitions
  • Clockwork Universe: German Clocks and Automata, 1550-1650. Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich; National Museum of History and Technology, Washington. 1980-1981.
Provenance Seligman Brothers, Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] D.F.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1580-1600 (Renaissance)
Medium
gilded brass and silver case; silver and champlevé enamel dial; iron and partially gilded brass movement
(Timepieces, Clocks & Watches)
Accession Number
58.217
Measurements
10 1/16 in. (25.5 cm)
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