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Title:Striking Beauty: New Jersey Tall case Clocks, 1730–1830
Date:4/21/2023 - 2/18/2024
Address:Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Location:Princeton, NJ
Hours:10:00am - 4:00pm
Cost/Cover:free - $10
Web Page:https://www.morven.org/striking-beauty-new-jersey-tall-case- ...
Contact Info:609.924.8144
Details:In an 1804 newspaper advertisement, Trenton clock and watchmaker William J. Leslie touted that he was “Not from Paris, London or Boston – But a Native of New-Jersey.” At the time, the state was home to dozens of craftsmen specializing in tall case clocks. Morven’s newest exhibition will examine the work of New Jersey clockmakers as they collaborated with cabinetmakers, ran shops, and formed professional partnerships to create beautiful timekeeping pieces. Spanning the colonial and post-revolutionary period, clockmakers ran their shops with the assistance of apprentices and often enslaved labor. Some carried on the clockmaking tradition through several generations, often working multiple trades, including silversmithing. This exhibition will feature over 50 tall case clocks, representing almost as many different clockmakers, from both private and public collections. These freestanding pendulum clocks are as functional as they are beautiful with faces made of intricate brass work or painted designs of objects like ships, suns and moons. Internally, their complicated workings are mechanical masterpieces. Some even chime with contemporaneous melodies



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Category:Exhibit
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