Barometer Clock

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Barometer Clock
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Artist Case by: André-Charles Boulle (1642 - 1732); Movement by: Isaac Thuret (1630 - 1706); Movement by: or Jacques Thuret (1669 - 1738)
Year ca. 1690-1700 (ca. 1690-1700)
Medium Ebony, turtle shell, brass, gilt bronze, and enamel
Dimensions 45 1/4 x 23 1/8 x 10 1/4 in. (114.9 x 58.7 x 26 cm)

Barometer Clock (Boulle) by André-Charles Boulle is a late seventeenth-century French clock created out of ebony, turtle shell, brass, gilt bronze, and enamel. The clock case is decorated on all sides and was intended as either a centerpiece or for display on a mantel in front of a mirror. [1] The centerpiece of the clock is a relief of "Father Time Carrying Off Truth." [2]


This late seventeenth-century clock also functions as a barometer; the "two doors on the rear of the clock open to reveal a glass tube containing mercury and a float to which thread is attached." [1] The semicircular barometer dial indicates five weather conditions from one extreme, beaucoup de pluye (rainy), to the other, beau fixe (fine). [3]

Boulle, who gave his name to the type of veneering on this clock, is listed in the French Archives Nationales as a cabinet maker, maker of marquetry, and gilder and chaser of bronzes. [2]

The clock movement design is by either Isaac Thuret or his son Jacques Thuret. The dial and backplate of the movement are both signed "I. Thuret...", the character I and J being interchangeable during the period. [2]

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Barometer Clock (Boulle) back


The Barometer Clock was acquired by The Frick Collection through the bequest of New York collector Winthrop Kellogg Edey in 1999. Edey's bequest included twenty-five clocks and fourteen watches as well as his library and archives. [4]

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Winthrop Kellogg "Kelly" Edey (1938–1999) was a noted collector and horologist who lived in Manhattan, New York City. His collection of timepieces is now in the Frick Collection. He also makes appearances in Andy Warhol's Screen Tests.


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  2. 1 2 3 “Magnificent Timekeepers: An Exhibition of Northern European Clocks in New York Collections” by Clare Vincent, Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, February/March 1972.
  3. The Art of the Timekeeper: Masterpieces from the Winthrop Edey Bequest, exhibition at The Frick Collection, November 14, 2001 - February 24, 2002. The Frick Collection, 2001.
  4. Frick Collection press release, The Art of the Timekeeper: Masterpieces from the Winthrop Edey Bequest.