Antique Maltese clocks, the first in the series great exhibitions revisited, covers a very popular subject and illustrates with beautiful photography a selection of some of the finest clocks exhibited. It will be needed as an essential part of the Malta collection. Maltese clocks are prized possessions. They are also prestige, as they represent an easily identifiable reflection of desirable status. The old ones are often visually decorative – gilded and coloured. The dial painted with scenes or flowers, and the general effect is always pleasing. Both naïve and sophisticated mechanisms are well described here by somebody who has loved and repaired many of them. Collectors, art historians and aficionados of Melitensia will welcome the availability of this seminally important book.
The “Antique Maltese Clocks” exhibition organised by Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti in 1992 consisted of a vast variety of unique lavish and ornate baroque timepieces, produced exclusively in the Maltese Islands. The display was the first time that these fine examples of Maltese craftsmanship had been assembled, allowing a rare and fascinating insight into the Islands’ social history. It was also the first time that such a number of artefacts had been sourced from private collectors, as has been the case with most Patrimonuju exhibitions, thus giving the opportunity to the public to view items never previously shown.
The origin of the Maltese clock is unclear. What is remarkable is that a small Island country was able to sustain an indigenous clockmaking trade. They were produced over a period of around one hundred and fifty years solely for the local market at a time when only the aristocracy and the Church could afford them.
Published in December 2007
Text is in English.
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|Title||ANTIQUE MALTESE CLOCKS – The Exhibitions Revisited|
|Dimensions||24.5 cm height x 26.5 cm width x 1.4cm depth|
|Number of Pages||96 pages|