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ID number:  BIRRC-A0044
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  The Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  Unknown
Title / Object name:  Clock
Object type:  Furniture
Culture:  British
Materials:  Mahogany, glass and enamel
Measurements:  35.56 cm tall
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This grandfather clock was presented to Mason Science College, the precursor to the University of Birmingham, by Sir Josiah Mason, industrialist and founder of the University. It is a late George III period timepiece, made from mahogany with inlaid rosewood. It chimes every quarter of an hour and is on an eight day movement- the original movement is lost. It has an elaborately painted face with figures representing the four continents of Asia, Australasia, Europe and the Americas. Also of note is the beautifully carved ornamentation around the hood and body of the clock. The glazed door is flanked by turned Corinthian columns, and above the clock face there is a very delicately moulded broken swan neck pediment.

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