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.

Bibliography

Wilson, Gillian. French Eighteenth-Century Clocks in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu, 1976), pp. 60-63, no. 12.

Wilson, Gillian. Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977), p. 65, no. 85.

Miller, Carole Ann Lyons. "Clockwise Special Report: The J. Paul Getty Museum." Clockwise (August 1979), pp. 15-21, fig. 12.

Ottomeyer, Hans, and Peter Pröschel. Vergoldete Bronzen: Die Bronzearbeiten des Spätbarock und Klassizismus (Munich, 1986), vol. 1, p. 158.

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. 41, no. 89.

Verlet, Pierre. Les Bronzes dorés français du XVIIIe siècle (Paris, 1987), pp. 112-13, fig. 137.

Pradère, Alexandre. Les Ébénistes Français de Louis XIV à la Révolution (Paris: Chêne, 1989), p. 275.

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. 90, no. 141.

Arizzoli-Clémentel, Pierre. "Néoclassicisme." In L'art décoratif en Europe du Néoclassicisme à L'Art Deco. Alain Gruber, ed. (Paris, 1994), p. 55, ill.

Wilson, Gillian, et al. European Clocks in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996), pp. 108-13, no. 15.

Augarde, Jean-Dominique. Les Ouvriers du Temps, La Pendule à Paris de Louis XIV à Napoléon Ier (Geneva, 1996), p. 188, fig. 152.

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