Glasgow's Museums gains unique clock

  • 17 August 2011

A quintessentially Glasgow Style clock made by Peter Wylie Davidson has been bought at auction with help from the Art Fund.

Peter Wylie Davidson, Longcase clock, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Peter Wylie Davidson, Longcase clock, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

A unique and quintessentially Glasgow Style clock made by Peter Wylie Davidson has been bought at auction for Glasgow’s Museums Collection.

The clock which features ‘The Swallows Flight’, which is a recurring design in Davidson’s work, was bought with assistance from the Art Fund, The National Fund for Acquisitions and Friends of Glasgow Museums for the total price of £18,750. Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund said, “This clock, secured at auction, will be a wonderful addition to the collection at Kelvingrove. The Art Fund is pleased to have played a part in bringing it to Glasgow.”

Peter Wylie Davidson was a significant figure at the Glasgow School of Art where he was technical director for metalwork for 38 years from the late 1890s until his retirement in 1935. The clock will eventually go on display at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum but will initially go to the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre in Nitshill. A curator’s tour is already scheduled for 13th December 2011 where the clock will be looked at in detail.

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