Astronomical chronometer by George Margetts

Watch revolving within a Y-form bracket on a tripod stand with folding feet.


Details

Medium:
Gilt brass, steel, glass, enamel
Dimensions:
41 x 33 x 31 cm
Art Fund grant:
£24,000 ( Total: £46,637)
Acquired in:
1998
Vendor:
Christie's

The rotating dial of the clock is made of enamel and painted in grisaille with the constellations. Against this, moving gold symbols indicate the positions of the sun and moon. As Jonathan Betts has observed 'such extravagant novelties were ... popular with East India Company officers and ... were almost certainly made ... for the far eastern market.'

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Provenance

Paul Mellon collection, previous history unknown

Venue details

National Maritime Museum Romney Road, Greenwich, LONDON London SE10 9NF 020 8312 6608 www.rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum

Entry details

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