In the autumn of 2021, the magic is back in the longcase clocks made in the 3rd quarter of the 18th century by Jan de Vries and Jacobus Waten.
The clock by Jan de Vries has a so-called ‘violin head’ and a mechanism with an idyllic summer scene. A beautiful young lady sitting on a swing is gently pulled back and forth by two gentlemen.
Jacobus Waten’s clock shows the river IJ in Amsterdam, but looking to the north, away from the well-known skyline to the south. We see the still existing toll house, the entrance to the canal and the church towers of Buiksloot, Ransdorp and Zunderdorp. The blades of one of the mills keeping the polder dry turn when the clock strikes.
Restoration commissioned by Museum Zaanse Tijd, performed by Joost Jongerius in the autumn of 2021.