This imposing clock embodies the marriage of luxury in the decorative arts and timekeeping. The clock illustrates the Triumph of Love over Time, with the young god of Love at the left and Chronos, or Father Time, dejected at the right. The figures, modeled by Augustin Pajou, are high-quality castings in gilded bronze. On the copper sphere scattered with gilded-bronze stars is a clock consisting of two revolving horizontal dials with the hours and minutes, a notable style within the Lepaute workshop; the arrow of the winged god indicates the time.
Signature: On the backplate of the movement: LEPAUTE GAD PARIS
Signed on sphere below and to the right of Cupid's arrow, in script: Lepaute à Paris
J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
Artist: Clockmaker: workshop of Jean-Baptiste Lepaute (French, 1727–1802)Date: ca. 1775–80Medium: Marble, bronze and gilt-bronze; chapter rings of white enamel; movement of brass and steelAccession: 29.180.4On view in:Gallery 528
Artist: Designed by François Joseph Belanger (French, Paris 1744–1818 Paris)Date: ca. 1783Medium: Gilt bronze, marble, and painted metal; enamel dial; brass and steel movementAccession: 1972.284.16On view in:Gallery 527