New acquisition in the Museum
Recently visitors have been able to see the intricate clock made in Göteborg (Sweden) in the early 20th century. The clock face bears the signature of Henning Håkanson, who specialized in the manufacture of interesting mantelpiece and wall clocks, imitating the 18th and 19th century style of clocks. Their characteristic trait is the appearance and colour scheme of the dial, as well as the digit fonts, used by the manufacturer both for large wall clocks and tiny pocket watches. The clock's pendulum is hidden inside its case, the movement is wound once a week. It strikes time on the full and half-hour.
This object is related to the elaborate cartouche clocks used to decorate glamorous salons. Clocks manufactured in Sweden are of limited popularity in Europe, and they seldom appear on the Polish antiques market. This is the first Swedish-made clock in the Museum. The new exhibit will be displayed in the Commission of National Education room, located in the section of the permanent exhibition which presents scientific instruments and medieval sculpture. The clock is the donation of Mr. Marcin Brożek, who currently lives in Stockholm.
Małgorzata Taborska Ph.D.
Published by: Paweł Siemianowski