Mantel Clock

Object Details

Title:

Mantel Clock

Artist/Maker(s):

Clock case attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (French, 1751 - 1843, master 1772)

Design attributed to Jean-Guillaume Miotte (French, 1746 - 1810)

clock dials enameled by Henri-François Dubuisson (French, active until 1823, master 1769)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1785

Medium:

Gilt and patinated bronze; enameled metal; vert Maurin des Alpes marble; white marble

Dimensions:

53.3 x 63.8 x 23.5 cm (21 x 25 1/8 x 9 1/4 in.)

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On a white marble base, two Vestal Virgins tend a flame that honors the goddess of the hearth, Vesta. A drawing still exists that shows the clock was designed to sit on a mantelpiece, its classical theme a suitable reference to the fireplace below. The altar that houses the clock's movement is fitted with horizontal enameled and jeweled hour and minute rings, while a sacrificial procession underneath is shown in gilt bronze. A branch of roses draped over the edge of the altar points to the time.

Henri-François Dubuisson made the clock's dials.

Bibliography

Wilson, Gillian. "Acquisitions Made by the Department of Decorative Arts, 1981." Getty Museum Journal 10 (1982), pp. 79-84, ill.

"Some Acquisitions (1981-82) in the Department of Decorative Arts, The J. Paul Getty Museum." The Burlington Magazine (May 1983), p. 322 and cover ill.

Gonzalez-Palacios, Alvar. The Adjectives of History: Furniture and Works of Art 1550-1870 (London: P. & D. Colnaghi and Co., 1983), pp. 44-45.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 1st ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 92, no. 144.

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. 42, no. 91.

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. 92, no. 144.

Wilson, Gillian, et al. European Clocks in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996), pp. 124-31, no. 17.

Fusco, Peter. Summary Catalogue of European Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 52, ill.