Black marble, ormolu, gilt bronze and/or brass, enamel dial, and clock mechanism
26 15/16 x 17 x 6 1/8 in. (68.4 x 43.2 x 15.6 cm)
Purchase, Morris K. Jesup Fund, by exchange, and Jan and Warren Adelson Gift, 2009
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 728
Inscription: (below center of dial): Cachard sucr. de Ch. Le Roi/ A PARIS; (at bottom of dial): Dubuis
The clock descended in the Sears family, and was originally owned by David Sears II (1787-1871) and Miriam Clarke Mason Sears (1788-1870) of 42 Beacon Street, Boston. The wealthy couple purchased a number of objects made abroad, and may have procured this clock through their Paris agent, Samuel Wells. The clock descended in the family until it was acquired by Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc. in 2007.