European Clocks and Watches

in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Clare Vincent and Jan Hendrik Leopold, with Elizabeth Sullivan

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February 2, 2016
288 pages, 8 1/2 x 12
270 color illus.
ISBN: 9781588395795
Hardcover

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

The first detailed discussion of the greatest timepieces from the exceptional collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Among the world’s great technological and imaginative achievements is the invention and development of the timepiece. Examining for the first time the Metropolitan Museum’s unparalleled collection of European clocks and watches created from the early middle ages through the 19th century, this fascinating book enriches our understanding of the origins and evolution of these ingenious works.  It showcases 54 extraordinary clocks, watches, and other timekeeping devices, each represented with an in-depth description and new photography showing the exterior as well as the inner mechanisms.  Included are an ornate celestial timepiece that accurately predicts the trajectory of the sun, moon, and stars and a longcase clock by David Roentgen that shows the time in the ten most important cities of the day. These works, created by clockmakers, scientists, and artists in England, Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands, have been selected for their artistic beauty and design excellence, as well as for their sophisticated and awe-inspiring mechanics. Built upon decades of expert research, this publication is a long-overdue survey of these stunning visual and technological marvels.

Clare Vincent is associate curator, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. J. H. Leopold was former assistant keeper in charge of the horological collections, British Museum, London.  Elizabeth Sullivan is research associate, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(10/26/15–05/22/16)

"nothing if not comprehensive…exhibition and book focus not just on mechanics but also on the decorative arts that made these timepieces as beautiful (and complex) on the outside as they are on the inside.”—Shannon Adducci, Introspective: The 1stdibs Magazine, 2015 Holiday Book Roundup
 
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