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September 28, 2009

Collector discusses timeless topic of colonial clocks


Frank Hohmann III, noted collector and scholar, explores the forms and designs of American tall case clocks and their cases during the program, Stylistic Aspects of Colonial Clocks, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

Hohmann will discuss colonial clock cases and dials from various regions and times. He will focus on Sarcophagus, Chippendale, Pagoda and Arched cases as well as composite, arched, square and sheet metal dials, as explored in his new book, “Timeless: Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks.”

After graduating from Princeton University, Hohmann spent 33 years on Wall Street. He has authored several books, including “Captured Motion: the Sculpture of Harriet Whitney Frishmuth.” A trustee of Winterthur Museum and the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, he also is a liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, London, and serves on various boards in the United States and United Kingdom.

Copies of the book are available in the Museum Store.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor Card provides access to the lecture and the exhibition.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are comprised of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made in America during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and embracing most categories of American folk art by well-known folk artists. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from the period 1670–1830.

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information call (757) 220-7724. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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