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 Ancient mechanical clocks

Five ancient turret clocks with verge or anchor escapements and pendulum regulator are displayed here.

One of the great masterpieces of Renaissance mechanical clock-making, unfortunately lost, was built by Lorenzo della Volpaia (1446-1512) for Lorenzo the Magnificent (1449-1992). The working model exhibited in this room is based on the drawings of Benvenuto della Volpaia (1486-1532), the clockmaker’s son, who followed in his footsteps. This clock was placed for many years in Palazzo Vecchio, first in the so-called Clock Room, then in the new Guardaroba, the room where Cosimo de’ Medici began to collect the splendid mathematical instruments that formed the first core of the Medicean collection displayed at the Museo Galileo.

 

Objects
Planetary clock

Planetary clock

Inv. 3817
Lorenzo della Volpaia, 1510 / Replica (Florence, 1994)

Turret clock

Turret clock

Inv. 3885
Bartolomeo Ferracina, 18th cent.

Turret clock

Turret clock

Inv. 3929
Maker unknown, 18th cent.

Turret clock

Turret clock

Inv. 3930
Maker unknown, 18th cent.

Mechanism of turret clock with verge escapement

Mechanism of turret clock with verge escapement

Inv. 3585
Maker unknown, Central Italy, late 16th cent.

Mechanism of turret clock with peg escapement

Mechanism of turret clock with peg escapement

Inv. 3733
Maker unknown, Central Italy, late 18th cent.