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Clock

Maker:
Gaspard Cachard (active 1792/95–1802)
Date:
ca. 1800
Geography:
Probably made in Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Black marble, ormolu, gilt bronze and/or brass, enamel dial, and clock mechanism
Dimensions:
26 15/16 x 17 x 6 1/8 in. (68.4 x 43.2 x 15.6 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Morris K. Jesup Fund, by exchange, and Jan and Warren Adelson Gift, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.147
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.
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