Mantel Clock

Object Details

Title:

Mantel Clock

Artist/Maker(s):

Movement by Nicolas-Alexandre Folin (French, about 1750 - after 1815, master 1789)

and enamel plaques by Georges-Adrien Merlet (French, born 1754)

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1790 - 1800

Medium:

Gilt bronze; enameled metal; white marble base; glass and gilt metal case

Dimensions:

45.7 x 27.6 x 14 cm (18 x 10 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

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Known as a "skeleton clock" because of its exposed movement, this type of timepiece became popular at the end of the 1700s. Collectors appreciated the movement as an object of beauty, to be enjoyed as much as the case, which would formerly have hidden the elegant enameled dials.

Besides telling the time with the large dial, the lower dials indicate the days of the week and the days of the month. Above, a fourth dial records the phases of the moon.

Bibliography

Wilson, Gillian. "The J. Paul Getty Museum, 7ème partie: Le Mobilier Louis XVI." Connaissance des arts (June 1975), p. 96, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton, Helen Lattimore, and Gillian Wilson. The J. Paul Getty Museum (London: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1975), pp. 180-81, ill.

Wilson, Gillian. French Eighteenth-Century Clocks in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu, 1976), pp. 68-71, no. 14.

Wilson, Gillian. Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977), p. 99, no. 129.

Miller, Carole Ann Lyons. "Clockwise Special Report: The J. Paul Getty Museum." Clockwise (August 1979), pp. 15-21, fig. 14.

Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 42, no. 92.

Borelli, Gian Giotto. Antiquités & Objets d'art-Horloges et Pendules (Paris, 1992), p.7, ill.

Bremer-David, Charissa et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 92, no. 145.

Wilson, Gillian, et al. European Clocks in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996), pp. 140-47, no. 19.