Paris: Life & Luxury (April 26, 2011 to January 2, 2012) (16)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), April 26 to August 7, 2011
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012
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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S105
Mantel Clock (Pendule)
Paris, France (Place created)
about 1715 - 1725
Oak veneered with tortoise shell, blue-painted horn, brass, and ebony; enameled metal; gilt bronze mounts
101 × 46 × 28.6 cm (39 3/4 × 18 1/8 × 11 1/4 in.)
The figures on this clock represent Love conquering Time, a theme often repeated on French clocks of the early 1700s. The
While the clock's dial appears to be contemporary with the case, the movement is not. The blank gilt-bronze cartouche beneath the face may once have held an enamel plaque inscribed with the name of the original movement maker. Later in the eighteenth-century, Paul Gudin set the present movement in the case and painted his name on the enamel dial.
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