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.

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