Louis XIV at the Getty (June 9, 2015 to July 31, 2016)
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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S103
Wall Clock (pendule d'alcove)
Attributed to André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642 - 1732, master before 1666)
Paris France England (Place created)
Gilt bronze; blue-painted horn; enameled metal
71.1 x 28.6 x 11.4 cm (28 x 11 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.)
Strings once hung down from the clock through the two holes pierced on each side of this lyre-shaped wall clock. When pulled, they activated a chime that enabled the owner to hear the time in the middle of the night or in a darkened room. Known as a pendule d'alcove, this clock would have hung in an alcove above a bed. Appropriately enough for a timepiece, the lyre shape is associated with
A complex clock such as this one was a collaborative effort on the part of numerous craftsmen, probably in André-Charles Boulle's workshop. The clockmaker, who produced only the movements, would have commissioned a sculptor to design the model, a bronze caster to produce the bronze
Miller, Carole Ann Lyons. "Clockwise Special Report: The J. Paul Getty Museum." Clockwise (August 1979) pp. 15-21, fig. 3.
Wilson, Gillian, et al. French Furniture and Gilt Bronzes: Baroque and Régence, Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008) p. 369 (app. no. 5).