Wall Clock (Pendule à répétition)

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Wall Clock (Pendule à répétition)


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

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




Paris France Chantilly France (Place created)


about 1740


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


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.

Paris: Life & Luxury (April 26, 2011 to January 2, 2012) (17)
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