All synched up with the launch of All the Time in the World—the Frick’s exhibition on clocks, “Precision and Splendor.”
The French Gilt-Brass Table Clock circa 1530 is pretty amazing, as is the enameled Pendant Watch (1660) with a tiny pretty portrait of a lady on its case.
Best, however, was the New York Times obit I found on the man who donated many of these treasures to the museum, Winthrop Kellogg Edey, who “stilled in Central Park wearing plaid Bermuda shorts, short black socks and brown wingtips” and maintained the world’s finest private collection of clocks and watches, as well as the extraordinary diary he kept since 6 years-old. (He was also seen in Andy Warhols’ 1963 film “The 13 Most Beautiful Boys.”)
His own schedule perfectly by the clock–he got up at 5pm, ate dinner with friends (his breakfast), and studied through the night, pursuing an interest in ancient Egypt.