Wall Clock on Bracket

Object Details

Title:

Wall Clock on Bracket

Artist/Maker(s):

Case by Antoine Foullet (French, 1710 - 1775, master 1749)

and movement by Lapina (French, born 1801)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1764

Medium:

Veneered with panels of green, red, and cream painted horn on oak carcass; gilt bronze mounts; enameled metal

Dimensions:

118.7 x 49.5 x 28.6 cm (46 3/4 x 19 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.)

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Ornament in the early Neoclassical style, such as ram's heads, triglyphs, and guttae, overlay this clock case and its supporting bracket. The flaming urns, swags, and Greek key fretwork were all motifs commonly used in the goût grec (Greek taste).

The use of horn veneer painted red, green, and cream seems to be unique among French clocks and furniture; it may have been an attempt to imitate cloisonné enamel on Chinese bronzes.

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