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Past Exhibition: French Clocks in North American Collections

French Clocks in North American Collections
November 2, 1982 to January 31, 1983
Photograph of gold mantle clock featuring two putti reclining on either side of clock face

An unprecedented exhibition of nearly one hundred French clocks on loan from North American collections. One of a series of loan exhibitions intended to focus attention on lesser-known aspects of the collection’s holdings, French Clocks in North American Collections was organized around the four remarkable eighteenth-century French clocks in the museum. Related examples by the craftsmen who produced these clocks form the nucleus of the exhibition, which extends its scope back to the Renaissance and forward into the early nineteenth century. Because Henry Clay Frick, the museum’s founder, collected only French clocks, that restriction was adopted for the exhibition as well.

Ferdinand Berthoud, Mantel Clock, ca. 1770. The Frick Collection, New York

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