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    AN AMERICAN BRONZE GARDEN SUNDIAL AND CORRESPONDING HOUR PLAQUES
    Tiffany Studios, Corona, New York, 1920s
    Marks: TIFFANY STUDIOS N.Y.
    18-1/2 inches (47.0 cm) diameter, for the sundial
    7 inches (17.8 cm) diameter, approximately for each hour plaque

    The central sundial circular in form, a compass rose at the center with the cardinal and ordinal directions, the triangular gnomon in the form of Pan pipes, framed by a scroll marking the hours of the day with Roman numerals, inscribed 'TIS NOW THE VERY WITCHING HOUR OF NIGHT from Shakespeare's Hamlet, with twelve disk-shaped plaques corresponding to the hours, each cast with a Roman numeral and a Shakespearean quotation relating to the hour, plus extra plaques for hours IIII, IX, and X

    I THE BELL THEN BEATING ONE. HAMLET.
    II SURE, LUCIANA, IT IS TWO O'CLOCK. COMEDY OF ERRORS.
    III THE CLOCK HATH STRICKEN THREE. JULIUS CAESAR.
    IIII HOW FAR INTO THE MORNING IS IT, LORDS? UPON THE STROKE OF FOUR. RICHARD III.
    IIII HOW FAR INTO THE DAY IS'T NOW MY LORDS? UPON THE STROKE OF FOUR. RICHARD III.
    V AT FIVE O'CLOCK I SHALL RECEIVE THE MONEY FOR THE SAME. COMEDY OF ERRORS.
    VI HOW'S THE DAY? ON THE SIXTH HOUR. TEMPEST.
    VII LET'S SEE. I THINK 'TIS NOW SOME SEVEN O'CLOCK. TAMING OF THE SHREW.
    VIII THE EIGHTH HOUR BE THAT THE UTTERMOST. JULIUS CAESAR.
    IX IT'S SUPPER TIME, MYLORD. IT'S NINE O'CLOCK. RICHARD III.
    IX MY LORD, IT'S NINE O'CLOCK. RICHARD III.
    X IT IS TEN O'CLOCK, THUS WE MAY SEE HOW THE WORLD WAGS. AS YOU LIKE IT
    X TEN O'CLOCK WITHIN THESE THREE HOURS TWILL BE TIME ENOUGH TO GO HOME. ALL'S WELL
    THAT ENDS WELL.
    XI ELEVEN O'CLOCK THE HOUR. MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.
    XII WHAT HOUR NOW? I THINK IT LACKS OF TWELVE. HAMLET.

    PROVENANCE:
    Commissioned by William Leonard Benedict, banker and partner of Kidder, Peabody & Co., 1920s (first installed in Duxbury, Massachusetts, then Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts);
    Thence by descent to the present owner.

    The original installation, as photographed here, had the sundial surrounded by water with the plaques mounted on an outer circular wall. Proper readings depended on determining the exact latitude and longitude during installation.




    Condition Report*: Overall in good condition.  The plate of the sundial misshapen with some losses to the patina and oxidation/discoloration in places due to weathering.  The plaques with varying degrees of patination loss and oxidation/discoloration due to weathering throughout.  One preserving mortar on the reverse from the original installation.
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    May, 2008
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