BREGHTEL, Hans Conraedt
(b. ca. 1608, Nürnberg, d. 1675, Den Haag)

Clock

1665-70
Silver and silver-gilt, pierced, embossed, filigree, height 92 cm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This elaborate clock was inspired by classical architecture. It provides an appropriate setting for the statuettes at cornice level which represent classical Roman deities and is surmounted by an allegorical statuette representing Old Father Time. The cupola is decorated with reliefs representing the signs of the zodiac; the plinth with scenes of the ages of man and of the seasons.

The clockmaker was Adriaen van den Bergh, also from The Hague.