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Clock
  • Clock
    Baillie Scott, Mackay Hugh, born 1865 - died 1945
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Clock

  • Place of origin:

    Bedfordshire (made)

  • Date:

    c.1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Baillie Scott, Mackay Hugh, born 1865 - died 1945 (designer)
    J.P. White - The Pyghtle Works (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Case of mahogany, inlaid with stained woods. The dial of copper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs John White & Sons Ltd, The Pyghtle Works, Bedford

  • Museum number:

    W.7-1953

  • Gallery location:

    On display at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House []

Makay Hugh Baillie Scott was primarily an architect, but he also designed interiors and furniture. He believed 'furniture should appear to grow out of the requirements of the room, to represent the finishing touches of a scheme which had its inception when the first stage of the house was laid'.

The design for this clock is one of over 80 furniture designs by Baillie Scott featured in a catalogue of his work called A Book of Furniture, produced in 1901. The catalogue was produced by J.P. White, the high class joinery firm of the Pyghtle Works, Bedford, who manufactured much of Baillie Scott’s work.

A piano by Baillie Scott, decorated by White, is also in the V & A collections.

As with many Arts and Crafts clocks, this clock bears text appropriate to the theme of ‘Time’. The Latin inscription, ‘FESTINA LENTE’, translates as ‘hurry slowly’.

This clock is on long-term loan to Blackwell, Cumbria.

Place of Origin

Bedfordshire (made)

Date

c.1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Baillie Scott, Mackay Hugh, born 1865 - died 1945 (designer)
J.P. White - The Pyghtle Works (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Case of mahogany, inlaid with stained woods. The dial of copper

Marks and inscriptions

FESTINA LENTE
Hurry slowly
Inlaid into front of case

Dimensions

Height: 51 cm, Width: 31.5 cm, Depth: 16.7 cm

Object history note

This clock was given to the V&A in 1953 by its makers [53/744]. It had initially been lent to the Museum by John White & Sons for an exhibition of Victorian and Edwardian decorative art. It was lent by the V&A to the Bethnal Green Museum in 1968.

In March 2016 this clock was sent on long-term loan to Blackwell, an Arts and Crafts house in Cumbria which was designed by Baillie Scott.

Descriptive line

CLOCK
Mahogany case inlaid with coloured woods, the inlay including the inscription 'FESTINA LENTE'. The dial of copper
Designed by Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott
Made by J P White, The Pyghtle Works, Bedford, about 1900

Labels and date

Baillie Scott's published designs contributed to the influence of British arts and crafts ideals on Continental art nouveau design, particularly in Vienna. Few recorded examples of his furniture survive, mostly made by J.P. White of Bedford. A piano by Baillie Scott, decorated by White, is on display in the next gallery (room 120).
[1994]

Materials

Mahogany; Copper

Techniques

Cabinet-making; Inlay

Subjects depicted

Birds

Categories

Clocks & Watches; Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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