Long Case Clock

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Possibly Berlin, Germany
Long Case Clock, ca. 1820
Poplar burr veneer and ebonized pear
82 × 23 1/2 × 8 1/2 in. (208.28 × 59.69 × 21.59 cm)
Gift of René von Schleinitz Memorial Fund, by exchange M2003.137
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
Not Currently on View

This iconic work of the BIedermeier period demonstrates how the cabinetmaker simplified the obelisk form and emphasized its towering geometry through the use of black ebonized pearwood on the center fluted band, around the clock face, and horizontally on the double-stepped base.

Publication History
Stoodley, Sheila Gibson. Birth of the Modern, Art & Antiques (June 2016): color illus. p. 40.

Milwaukee Art Museum News, August 2007, no page number, color illus.

Ottomeyer, Hans, Klaus Albrecht Schröder, and Laurie Winters. Biedermeier: The Invention of Simplicity. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2006, p. 337, cat. I-39, color pl. 27. (German ed. cat. I-40)

Winters, Laurie. An Introduction to the Biedermeier Period, The Magazine Antiques 165, 1 (January 2004): 178, pl. 1.

Milwaukee Art Museum News, June 2004, no page number, color illus.

Chase, Linda, Karl Kemp, and Lois Lammerhuber. The World of Biedermeier. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2001, p. 393, illus. p. 392.

Greenberg, C. The Truth about Biedermeier, Art & Antiques (January 1996): illus. p. 75.

Wilkie, Angus. Biedermeier. New York: Abbeville Press, 1987, p. 180, illus.
Exhibition History
Biedermeier: The Invention of Simplicity, Milwaukee Art Museum, September 16, 2006-January 1, 2007; Albertina, Vienna, Austria, February 2-May 13, 2007; Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany, June 8-July 2, 2007.


This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.