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Mantle clock: Young Crusader Teaching a Saracen to Read

Object Number: 
1935.6a
Date: 
ca. 1853
Medium: 
Bronze, enamel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 25 x 36 x 12 in. ( 63.5 x 91.4 x 30.5 cm )
Description: 
The figures of the cast portray a young Crusader in the act of teaching a Saracen companion to read. Figural group arranged over circular clock face with white and blue enamel disks.
Gallery Label: 
This clock and figures were supposedly exhibited in 1853 at the New York Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations at the Crystal Palace, where they received a prize in their particular class group. After the exhibition they were purchased by the donor's grandfather, Alfred Willis, and given to Mr. and Mrs. John P. Willis, father and mother of the donor.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Josephine Willis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group