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

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

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.