When it comes to clocks other than the ones that exist in our smartphones, obsolescence is akin to beauty in that both are in the eye of the beholder. To be obsolete, clocks must not only be of no use – they must cease to be used.
Of course, this is clearly not the case when it comes to clocks ... not yet, anyway.
<strong>Clocks <em>as</em> Art</strong>
There’s no questioning the aesthetic value of a beautiful clock, and even if we do reach a point when <a title="Wall Clocks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/wall-clocks_739.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">wall</a> and <a title="Table Clocks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/table-clocks_3185.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">table clocks</a> are deemed literally useless they will always retain some artistic value.
<em>Most Expensive Clock</em>
How much value, you ask? To give you an idea, the Duc D’Orleans Bregeut Sympathique, circa 1835, <a title="Kovels" href="http://www.kovels.com/news-news-news/most-expensive-clock-in-the-world-sells-at-auction.html" target="_blank">set a new world record</a> in December 2012 when it sold for $6,802,500. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the record it broke was its own, set during a previous sale in 1999.
The Duc D’Orleans carries such a steep price for many reasons, not least of which is its ability to keep time – both in the clock and the pocket watch it cradles in its pediment – after more than 175 years. First, it’s rare: There are only about a dozen in existence. And second, it’s got an uncommon pedigree, having been owned by numerous noblemen and heads of state over its extraordinarily long life.
<em>Most Collected Clock</em>
There are many types of collectible clocks, from <a title="Grandfather Clocks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/grandfather-clocks_1148.html" target="_blank">grandfather</a> clocks to vintage Hello Kitty kitsch, but far and away the most recognizable is the cuckoo clock. It’s commonly believed that the beloved trinkets originated in Germany’s Black Forest, but the first known descriptions can be traced back to Augsburg in the 17th century.
As it happens, the best of these also don’t come cheap. Replicas and knockoffs can be had for relatively low cost, but authentic gear-driven pieces from <em>die Schwarzwald</em> can set you back a euro or two.
<strong>Clocks <em>in</em> Art</strong>
<em>Most Recognized Clock</em>
Again, this is quite subjective, but one could easily argue that the most recognized clocks on canvas are Salvador Dali’s “melting clocks” – the very name of which should create a picture in your mind. Many of his works included these liquefying timepieces, but the most famed among them is <em><a title="Museum of Modern Art" href="http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=79018" target="_blank">The Persistence of Memory</a></em>, which currently hangs in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
And then there are the clocks that are faithfully represented in art due to their historical significance. The most iconic examples include the Grand Central Terminal Clock in New York, Prague’s Astronomical Clock and “Big Ben” in London, England.
If you find you’re inspired by these examples of functional art, you may want to take a look at the wide selection of clocks available at <a title="ATG Stores Home Page" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a>.