Musically Timed: Continental Clock Makers and their Markets

Musically Timed: Continental Clock Makers and their Markets

Throughout the 18th & early 19th centuries, keeping time and making music were increasingly paired attributes for a wide variety of exotic and even fantastic decorative artworks for the homes of the wealthy. Musical picture clocks, animated tableaux, and Black Forest Trumpeter clocks were in fashion. This exhibit features select objects graciously loaned from private collectors interspersed with others from the museum’s Guinness Viewable Storage vault, many on display for the first time at the Morris Museum. Explore how clock makers incorporated music into their works, and households added a wide range of music to their everyday lives.

Leadership support for this exhibition is provided by Will and Mary Leland.

Image Caption: French Empire Gilt Ormolu Clock. Clockmaker, François Alibert, Paris, France, first half 19th century. Musical Movement, M. Bordier, Geneva, Switzerland, c. 1810. The Murtogh D. Guinness Collection, Morris Museum. 2003.18.28a-c.



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