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For centuries the clock was the most advanced mechanical device of the Western world. The efforts of the foremost inventors and craftsmen of the age centred on improving the quality of its workmanship and decoration. Their successes and failures led to many remarkable and ingenious clocks. These fine examples of man’s skill and craftsmanship are increasingly prized as collectors’ items throughout the world.
In this comprehensive survey of clock design and manufacture, Andrew Nicholls pays close attention not only to mechanical developments, but also traces the influence of decorative styles in the Old World, the USA, China and Japan. Among the many fascinating stories of clock origins, he describes the rise of the cuckoo clock, the master craftsmen of the French guilds under Louis XVI and the remarkable European export trade to China. IMG 7654
The text is closely linked with the 80 outstanding colour plates, especially photographed by Bob Loosemore in some of the world’s great clock collections. These pictures provide an excellent guide both for the col¬lector and for anyone interested in the development of mechanics and changing fashions of design and ornament.
The author’s wide knowledge of clocks is based on practical experience as well as a close study of his subject. Beginning with the practical, internal mechanics of clock movements, his enthusiasm extended to the more frivolous exteriors, and clocks he has worked on and restored are now to be found all over the world.