The Pendulum - Swinging into a New Era

Thanks to precision pendulum clocks, natural scientists were able to conduct verifiable experiments in the 17th century for the first time. Pendulum clocks were also among the furnishings of castles and noble homes, in keeping with the French example. They followed the changing fashions of the time.

"The Female Clockmaker". Copper engraving by Martin Engelbrecht, Augsburg, c. 1740 (Archive German Clock Museum)[Close][Open]
Pendulum clock, so-called "Religieuse". Charles Goret, Paris, c. 1700 (Inv. 2004-117)[Close][Open]
Pendulum clock, so-called "Tête de Poupée". Balthazar Martinot, Paris c. 1700 (Inv. 2004-119)[Close][Open]
Pendulum clock "Rape of Europa". Gudin, Paris c. 1750 (Inv. 2004-122)[Close][Open]
Longcase clock with indication of real and mean time and compensation pendulum. Ferdinand Berthoud, Paris c. 1760 (Inv. 2009-053)[Close][Open]
Pendulum clock, so-called "Cartel". Gilles, Paris c. 1760 (Inv. 2004-126)[Close][Open]
Pendulum clock, so-called "Pendule Lyre". Cronier, Paris c. 1780 (Inv. 2004-130)[Close][Open]
Pendulum clock with indication of French Revolutionary Time and Calendar. Segaud, Paris c. 1795 (Inv. 2004-132)[Close][Open]
Pendulum clock with date and moon phase. Bruel, Paris c. 1800 (Inv. 2004-131)[Close][Open]
Pendulum clock with perpetual calendar and compensation pendulum. Lépine, Paris c. 1860 (Inv. 44-2530)[Close][Open]