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Clock With Kitchen Timer

This is a Clock with Kitchen Timer. It was designed by Max Bill. It is dated 1956–1957 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is molded and glazed earthenware, glass, chrome-plated metal, painted metal, molded plastic. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The inverted teardrop-shaped housing of this time-keeping device for the kitchen accommodates a large clock face in the top, while its frame tapers down to house the smaller kitchen timer below. Devoid of ornament, it emphasizes clean-lined, easily read graphics through the designer's strict adherence to pure form and function.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II. It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

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  • machine-printed paper.
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  • 1992-139-21-a,b

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 26 × 18.6 × 6 cm (10 1/4 × 7 5/16 × 2 3/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Markings: “JUNGHANS” – top, center of clock face; “RD Engl N-886824” – stamped verso; “JUNGHANS DIEHL LIC. ATO MADE IN GERMANY” – molded stamp in plastic above battery

Cite this object as

Clock With Kitchen Timer; Designed by Max Bill (Swiss, 1908–1994); molded and glazed earthenware, glass, chrome-plated metal, painted metal, molded plastic; H x W x D: 26 × 18.6 × 6 cm (10 1/4 × 7 5/16 × 2 3/8 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2016-5-10

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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