Mantel Clock
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Movement by Paul Gudin, clockmaker; Clock case attributed to André-Charles Boulle, furniture worker
French, Paris, about 1715 - 1725
Oak veneered with tortoise shell, blue-painted horn, brass, and ebony; enameled metal; gilt bronze mounts
H: 3 ft. 3 3/4 in. x W: 1 ft. 6 1/8 in. x D: 11 1/4 in.

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The figures on this clock represent Love conquering Time, a theme often repeated on French clocks of the early 1700s. The cupid balanced on the top originally held a long-handled scythe, an attribute of Father Time, who reclines below and holds his usual scales. The case's front and side surfaces are veneered with tortoiseshell, brass, and ebony. A recessed panel of blue horn, decorated with a brass trellis enclosing rosettes, is set below the dial. The legs are also set with panels of blue horn, which still retains its vibrant color.

While the clock's dial appears to be contemporary with the case, the movement is not. The blank gilt-bronze cartouche beneath the face may once have held an enamel plaque inscribed with the name of the original movement maker. Later in the eighteenth-century, Paul Gudin set the present movement in the case and painted his name on the enamel dial.

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