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Ball Clock

A work made of chrome, black enameled metal, and ebonized wood.

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  • A work made of chrome, black enameled metal, and ebonized wood.




Attributed to Irving Harper for George Nelson Associates
American, born 1916
Made by Howard Miller Clock Company
Zeeland, Michigan, founded 1926

About this artwork

Introducing a modern scientific reference into domestic design, this work belongs to the Chronopak series of electric clocks designed by Irving Harper during his tenure with George Nelson Associates. This clock is not only symbolic of American design following World War II, but it also represents design philosophies that embodied issues such as informal living and portability. Although the clock is completely abstract, it suggests both the structure of the atom and the iconic asterisk symbol that abounded in the 1950s.

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American Art


Irving Harper (Designer) , Howard Miller Clock Co. (Manufacturer)


Ball Clock, "Atomic" Wall Clock


Zeeland (Object made in), United States (Artist's nationality)


c. 1948-1969


Chrome, black enameled metal, and ebonized wood


Printed label on reverse: howard miller clock company/ZEELAND, MICHIGAN/115 V.60 CY.2 WATTS


34.3 × 8.9 cm (13 1/2 × 3 1/2 in.)

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Orbit Fund

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