Wall Clock (Pendule à répétition)

Object Details

Title:

Wall Clock (Pendule à répétition)

Artist/Maker(s):

Clock movement by Charles Voisin (French, 1685 - 1761, master 1710)

Chantilly Porcelain Manufactory (French, active about 1725 - about 1792)

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1740

Medium:

Soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamel decoration; gilt bronze; enameled metal; glass

Dimensions:

74.9 x 35.6 x 11.1 cm (29 1/2 x 14 x 4 3/8 in.)

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The Chantilly porcelain manufactory, established about 1725 by the Prince de Condé, made this ornate clock case of soft-paste porcelain. The prince owned a large collection of Japanese porcelain, which the factory used as models for its earliest productions. By the time this unique clock was made, the factory had developed its own whimsical interpretations of Asian motifs, combining an exotic dragon and monkey with European flowers.

Clock movements such as this one, designed for the alcoves of bedchambers (pendules d'alcove), were fitted with a cord that struck the nearest hour and a quarter when pulled. This mechanism eliminated the need to light a candle to tell the time.

Exhibitions
Paris: Life & Luxury (April 26, 2011 to January 2, 2012) (17)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 26 to August 7, 2011
Bibliography

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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. 87, no. 135.

Le Duc, Geneviève. Porcelaine tendre de Chantilly au XIIIe siècle (Paris, 1996), pp. 166-67, ill.

Wilson, Gillian, et al. European Clocks in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996), pp. 42-47, no. 6.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 200, ill.

Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Decorative Arts (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 75, no. 56.

Le Duc, Geneviève. "The Rocaille style at Chantilly: A different aspect of French porcelain c. 1750." Apollo (January 1998), pp. 37-41, fig. 6.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 200.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 69, no. 134.

Bremer-David, Charissa, ed. Paris: Life & Luxury in the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), p. 118, no. 17.

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