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Exhibition catalogue.
Dutch domestic clocks the English way.

Special exhibition about the exchange between Dutch and English clockmakers after the introduction of the pendulum clock by Christiaan Huygens. After Huygens en the London-based clockmakers family Fromanteel in 1658 introduced the clock with pendulum escapement to London, several English clockmakers like John and Ahasuerus II Fromanteel and Joseph Norris established workshops in Amsterdam. The exhibitions shows beautiful examples by these famous makers. In his turn Joseph Norris made Holland familiar with the longcase clock. The characteristic Hague Clock gave way to table clocks according to the English model. Also Dutch makers like Pieter Klock and Bernard van der Cloesen manufactured table clocks in the English way, apart from unmistakably still Hague features. Thus a curious table clock within the exhibition shows a striking mix between Hague tradition and English fashion awareness. The skeleton chaptering on a velvet covered dial is boxed in a clock case with brass basket and appliqués in William&Mary style. The style époque of King George I is illustrated by table clocks by Jacob van der Cloese, Roger Dunster and Allin Wallker. The exhibition is composed out of several private loans, joined by masterpieces from the National Museum from Musical Clock to Street Organ in Utrecht and the Dutch Gold, Silver and Clock Museum in Schoonhoven.

A full-color exhibition documentation (Eur. 7,50 ) accompanies the exhibition.

Museum of the Dutch Clock

Kalverringdijk 3, Zaanse Schans,
1509 BT Zaandam, Netherlands,
tel: +31 75 6179769
fax: +31 75 6157786

Opening hours:
March 1 - October 31:
Daily, 10.00 to 17.00 h.
November 1 - February 28:
Weekends, 12.00 to 16.30 h.


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