This 18th century cartel clock from the Horace Wood Brock collection, featured in the March issue of ANTIQUES, aptly depicts the fleeting nature of time, is particularly appropriate this Sunday, when are clocks, now mostly digital, are turned ahead one hour. Brock’s stunning collection is a reminder of an age when instruments of timekeeping were not just practical necessities, as they are today, but luxuries of unparalleled artistry and craftsmanship.
Cartel clock depicting Time Flies, Paris, c. 1775. Gilt bronze; height 18 1/8, width 22 1/16, depth 5 1/8 inches. Collection of Horace Wood Brock; photograph by courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.