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Wall Clock on Bracket

Object Details

Title:

Wall Clock on Bracket

Artists/Makers:

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

and movement by Lapina (French, born 1801)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1764

Medium:

Oak veneered with panels of green, red, and cream painted horn, and brass; gilt bronze; enameled metal; glass

Object Number:

75.DB.7

Dimensions:

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

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Object Description

The early Neoclassical style borrowed designs from ancient Greece, including Greek art, architecture, and mythology. Ornamentation such as ram’s heads, urns, garlands of leaves, geometric decorative borders, and columns all reflect this inspiration. Because of this borrowing, people at the time called this style 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 colored enamel found in Chinese art, jewelry, and ceramics.

Provenance
Provenance
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Private Collection (Cornwall, England)

1974 - 1975

Alexander & Berendt Ltd. (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1975.

Bibliography
Bibliography

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