Long Case Musical Clock

Object Details

Title:

Long Case Musical Clock

Artist/Maker(s):

Clock case by David Roentgen (German, 1743 - 1807, master 1780)

Gilt-bronze mounts by François Rémond (French, 1747 - 1812, master 1774)

Clock movement by Peter Kinzing (German, 1745 - 1816)

Musical mechanism by Johann Wilhelm Weyl (German, 1756 - 1813)

Culture:

German

Date:

1786

Medium:

Ash, maple, walnut, and oak veneered with maple and walnut; bronze; gilt-bronze mounts; enameled metal; glass; blued steel

Dimensions:

191.8 x 64.8 x 59.7 cm (75 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 23 1/2 in.)

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This clock was one of the most popular models produced by the German workshop run by David Roentgen and Peter Kinzing. The case is covered with a simple maple veneer, while gilt bronze mounts symbolizing Time add decoration around the clock face: Chronos (Father Time) supports the clock dial, and the passage of the year is marked by the garland over the dial, with its flowers for spring, wheat for summer, grapes for autumn, and holly leaves for winter. The faces of day and night are shown around the frieze, and the whole is crowned with a lyre, symbol of the sun god Apollo who oversees the passage of Time. Although the clock once played a tune when it chimed, this movement no longer works.

Several other existing clocks include a large gilt bronze statue of Apollo playing his lyre on the top; as there are holes on the top of the case, such a figure probably once adorned this clock too.

Johann Wilhelm Weyl created the musical mechanism for this clock.

Bibliography

Fabian, Dietrich. Kinzing und Roentgen Uhren aus Neuwied (Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale: D. Pfaehler, 1984), p. 235, no. 51.

"Acquisitions/1985." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 14 (1986), p. 249, no. 208.

Bremer-David, Charissa et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 233, no. 404.

Wilson, Gillian, et al. European Clocks in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996), pp. 132-39, no. 18.

Baulez, Christian. "David Roentgen et François Remond, une collaboration majeure dans l'histoire du mobilier européen." L'Estampille/L'Objet d'Art 305 (September, 1996), p. 113, fig. 21.

Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Decorative Arts (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 121, no. 96.

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