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Design for a mantelpiece clock on a bracket with seated figures of Columbus and Galileo flanking the dial. 1830s
- Production date
Length: 21.30 centimetres
Width: 28.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is one of a series of designs for clock cases, rather than a record of an actual object. See for another print from the series CAI.2813 which has the names of the producers.
Visual Analysis by Pauline Wholey 2019
PRINT OF MANTEL CLOCK DESIGN WITH THE FIGURES OF COLUMBUS AND GALILEO FLANKING THE DIAL.
Christopher Columbus and Galileo, two prominent men that pushed the boundaries of science and human progress, mount the mantel clock as they are surrounded by attributions of progress and expidition. The choice of depicting them together on this mantel clock attests to the period where the limits of human knowledge expanded at an unprecedented rate.
- Not on display
- Latest: 4 (Aug 1995)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The Ilbert Collection of clocks, prints and other related material was destined to be sold at Christie's auction house on 6th-7th November 1958. As a result of the generous donation of funds by Gilbert Edgar CBE the sale was cancelled and the material purchased privately from the beneficiaries of the Ilbert Estate.
Ilbert's watches were then acquired with further funds from Gilbert Edgar CBE, public donations and government funds. These were then registered in the series 1958,1201.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: CAI.2818 (Ilbert Collection)