Revisiting the Burgundy Clock: research history and new perspectives

September 13th, 10:00 – 11:00

The so – called ‚Burgundy Clock‘ has been among the highlights of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum ever since Friedrich – Otto von Leber labeled it in the 19th century ‚A Masterpiece from the era of Philip the Good of Burgundy‘. But both its dating and its authenticity have been questioned repeatedly. Heike Zech examines both the historic research about the clock and prior conclusions, in order to establish new perspectives for future interdisciplinary analysis.

Heike Zech


An Art Historian with a doctorate degree she worked for the decorative arts department of Sotheby’s (Germany) from 2002 – 2008. 2009 to 2017 Curator for Decorative Arts at the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum in London, in charge of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection, incl. researching a table clock in this collection that had been ‚assembled‘ from two baroque era components. In 2016 she organized the international conference ‚Making Time‘. 2017 – 2018 Fulltime consultant to the Landesstelle für die nichtstaatlichen Museen in Bavaria. Currently Department Head for Decorative Arts, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuernberg.