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    Clock, Model 4082

    Gilbert Rohde ran one of the most successful American design studios of the early twentieth century. In a series of clocks designed for Herman Miller Clock Company, he transformed the traditional timepiece into a contemporary idiom through stark geometry, sleek curves, and modern numerals. This clock was first exhibited at the 1933-34 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago.

    • Designer: Gilbert Rohde, American, 1894-1944
    • Manufacturer: Howard Miller Clock Co., founded 1926
    • Medium: Elm burl, chrome-plated metal, other metals, glass
    • Place Manufactured: Zeeland, Michigan, United States
    • Dates: ca. 1933
    • Dimensions: 7 x 13 3/8 x 2 1/2 in. (17.8 x 34.0 x 6.4 cm)
    • Markings: Printed in black on the clock face: below the number 12, "HERMAN [monogram of conjoined 'H M' within a circle] MILLER"; along the bottom edge, "HERMAN MILLER CLOCK CO. ZEELAND, MICH. U.S.A." Metal plate attached to lower edge of back with additional marks.
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
    • Accession Number: 1999.141.5
    • Credit Line: Gift of Paul F. Walter
    • Caption: Gilbert Rohde (American, 1894-1944). Clock, Model 4082, ca. 1933. Elm burl, chrome-plated metal, other metals, glass, 7 x 13 3/8 x 2 1/2 in. (17.8 x 34.0 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul F. Walter, 1999.141.5. Creative Commons-BY
    • Catalogue Description: Clock model 4082. Upright rectangular body of wood with rounded front corner at proper left side. Square clock face set into front of body at proper right behind glass plate; clock face has white ground with stylized blocky numbers in black; black hour and minute hands and red second hand. Three parallel, raised chrome-plated metal bands run widthwise across the center of the body of the clock and wrap around the proper left side; the bands overlap the clock face slightly.
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