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PROPERTY FROM A CHICAGO FAMILY

Tiffany & Co.
AN IMPORTANT WOOD BRASS STEEL AND ABALONE ASTRONOMICAL REPEATING TALL LONGCASE CLOCK MADE FOR THE WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION CIRCA 1892
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A CHICAGO FAMILY

Tiffany & Co.
AN IMPORTANT WOOD BRASS STEEL AND ABALONE ASTRONOMICAL REPEATING TALL LONGCASE CLOCK MADE FOR THE WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION CIRCA 1892
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Tiffany & Co.
AN IMPORTANT WOOD BRASS STEEL AND ABALONE ASTRONOMICAL REPEATING TALL LONGCASE CLOCK MADE FOR THE WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION CIRCA 1892
Dial: brushed silver, brass bezels
Calibre: brass plates, wooden calendar wheels
Movement number: 674
Case: amaranth with comiko marquetry
Dimensions: height 95.5 inches
Signed: dial and movement
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Exhibited

World Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893

Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida “Tiffany at the World's Columbian Exposition" at the Henry Morrison , January 2012- April 2012

Literature

John M. Blades and John Loring, Tiffany at The World’s Columbian Exposition, 2006, pgs. 34, 47, & 107

Catalogue Note

The present lot, signed by Tiffany & Co. makers, was ordered by William Henry Vanderbilt, and is one of the most complicated clocks made in America. Tiffany & Co. went on to exhibit this piece at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where it was one of their most important pieces on view.

Standing at eight feet tall in the style of Louis XV, this magnificent piece combines exceptional aesthetics with brilliantly designed complications, with 13 silver and enameled dials within the Californian abalone frame. Each dial relays information which demonstrates the mechanical genius of the makers of this piece.

The uppermost dial displays the positions of the sun and moon with a horizon line above the sea, which indicates changes in tide. Of the two dials directly below, the right-most one displays a perpetual calendar indicating signs of the zodiac, month, date, day of the week, and leap year. The left-most disc is divided into twenty four parts and degrees from Greenwich. This dial also includes 31 major cities around the world. Another revolving plate indicates the hour of the day or night in each location. Two rotating cylinders directly above indicate the years since the Independence of the United States and the year of the Julian calendar. The five dials above the main dial indicate the Equation of Time, Golden number and Epact, Dominical letters, and Sun cycle. Lastly, the remaining dials display the local time, time in Washington D.C. and Greenwich, and declination by degrees north and south of the sun and moon.  

The entire clock is a marvel of American woodworking, design and horology. Featured alongside four other clocks within Tiffany & Co.'s exhibition in 1893, the piece would have surely been one of the most breathtaking wonders of the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building at the Columbian Exposition.

For a photograph and an illustration of this piece in Tiffany’s exhibit at the 1893  Chicago World Columbian Exposition, see John M. Blades and John Loring ,Tiffany at The World’s Columbian Exposition pp. 34, 47 and 107.

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