One of the most spectacular examples of Northern Mannerism – dramatic, elegant, courtly, but brutal.
An icon of the collection, this bronze is considered to be the finest of the four examples made; one is in the Robert Smith collection promised to the National Gallery; one is in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and another is in a private collection.
This oil lamp is an extremely rare and courageous example of political and artistic expression of the Dutch anti-Papist sentiments. It was made at the height of anti-Hapsburg feelings just at the outbreak of the Eighty Years War – as the Protestant Netherlands was fighting for their freedom from the Catholic Spaniards under Philip II. The crushing brutalities of the Spanish attempts to control the Dutch rebellion are well-known. Mocking a Bishop, turning him into a humorous, but also a monstrous beast, would have been reason enough for the Spanish Inquisition to descend.
A Baroque tour-de force. Its spectacular size and architectural complexity clearly identify it as a masterpiece clock.
This clock, like many of the timepieces in the collection, illustrates the collaboration between sculpture and clocks. Peter Guggenheim was first a clock collector – and then starting collecting sculptural clocks, and then eventually just sculpture.
This clock was made for Jan III Sobieski (1629–1696), King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.