In the Nick of Time

  • Posted on Jan 22, 2013 by

Timepieces from The Frick Collection are on display in its Portico Gallery through the beginning of 2014. Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collection highlights eleven clocks and fourteen watches from the 1999 bequest of Winthrop Kellogg Edey, as well as five eighteenth-century French clocks on loan from Horace Wood Brock. Represented in the exhibition are European timepieces from the Renaissance to the early nineteenth century.

dance of time
The Dance of Time, Three Nymphs Supporting a Clock, movement by Jean-Baptiste Lepaute (1727–1802), sculpture by Claude Michel Clodion (1738–1814), 1788, terracotta, gilt brass, and glass, H.: 40 3/4 inches, The Frick Collection, New York, bequest of Winthrop Kellogg Edey; photo: Michael Bodycomb

To support the clock and watch collection of the museum, the Frick Art Reference Library acquires materials related to horology. These items can be examined in the Reading Room by researchers with an interest in the topic. For information about visiting the Library, see its website.

The Mastery of Time: A History of Timekeeping, from the Sundial to the Wristwatch (2011) is an example of a recent publication included in the Library’s collections. To view records for additional titles held by the Library, see the subject links below.


Clocks and watches


Items associated with horology can also be found in the libraries of the other New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) partners, the Brooklyn Museum and The Museum of Modern Art, by searching the Arcade catalog.

Suz Massen, Chief of Public Services, Frick Art Reference Library


The Frick Art Reference Library is the repository of Winthrop K. Edey's outstanding library on timekeeping, clocks, and horology. The Edey Library was bequeathed to the Frick Art Reference Library in 1999. Since that time, the Frick has added and will continue to add many titles to the collection. As a result of this collection development, The Frick Art Reference Library offers one of the finest and most current research collections in the United States for the study of clocks and timepieces.

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