Tempered glass clock with artistic silk screen printing acknowledges the work of the great artistic master of antiquity, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. The major misperception of the pavement of the "Piazza del Campidoglio" is that this square is a simple geometric or ornamental motif. Michelangelo had the intention of reconnecting with his Etruscan and Roman ancestry, and therefore established in the center of Piazza Campidoglio what he named "the umbilicus" or navel of the world; and he did this by defining his challenging and intriguing oval design.
This is a custom built Renaissance Revival walnut cabinet. The front exterior is primarily encompassed by two large front doors that swing outward. In the interior there are ten narrow shelves with a drawer separating the fifth and sixth shelf. The shelves are each lined with red velvet. The drawer includes a fold-out desk with nine compartments, five of which contain smaller drawers. Two smaller doors, flanking the left and right of side of the main cabinet, open to reveal three shelves. Small drawers are positioned below both of the side doors.
This meticulously crafted clock has a large nineteen inch silver dial with the inscribed initials and date "J.B. 1876". This piece is purported to have been made for the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition and may have been displayed in one of the convention halls. This clock has a pin wheel jewelers movement made by George A. Jones from upstate New York and his movements are considered the finest on that period. This large scale walnut Centennial presentation tall clock was stylistically influenced by the Renaissance Revival.
This elegant antique Victorian style glass display case, circa 1860, is mounted on a four legged wooden base. The wood of this piece is noted to be walnut. The octagonal turned legs are tapered with rounded ornamentation at the top and base of each leg. The base is secured by an attached "I" shaped wooden support connected to each leg. The cabinet is encased with five panes of beveled glass and an interior glass shelf. Each pane of glass is bordered with the same walnut material and is triangular in shape.