Clockmaker: Jean-Baptiste-André Furet (French, ca. 1720–1807)
Case: gilded and lacquered bronze and marble; Movement (in bust): brass and steel with enameled hour and minute chapter rings; Miniature organ with pipes and bellows (in base): brass, steel, and leather
This bust of an African princess is one of the most remarkable clocks in the Museum’s collection. The marble plinth contains a musical movement: a tiny pipe organ. On the hour, music would play and the figure’s eyes would open, showing the hour in roman numerals in her right eye and the minutes in arabic numerals in her left. By pulling her left earring, her eyes could be opened at any time—a feature that remains functional today.
Signature: Signed on enameled plaque at base of bust: Furet HGER du Roi
Baron J.L. Léopold Double , Paris (until 1881; his collection was sold at his house, 9 rue Louis-le-Grand, Paris, May 30–June 4, 1881, no. 274); Marquis de Lambertie ; C. Ledyard Blair , Peapack, New Jersey ; The Samuel H. Kress Foundation (until 1958; to MMA)
Artist: Clock maker: Jean Godde l'aîné (French, ca. 1668–1748/49)Date: ca. 1740–45Medium: Case: gilded bronze, oak, and tortoiseshell on brass marquetry on oak; Dial: white enamel and gilded brass with blued-steel hands; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1971.206.27On view in:Gallery 526
Artist: Clockmaker: Ferdinand Berthoud (French, 1727–1807)Date: ca. 1768–70Medium: Case: oak veneered with ebony and brass, with gilt-bronze mounts; Dial: white enamel; Movement: gilded brass and steelAccession: 1982.60.50On view in:Gallery 540
Artist: Movement by the workshop of Julien Le Roy (French, Tours 1686–1759 Paris)Date: ca. 1757–60Medium: Case: gilded and patinated bronze on a base of oak veneered with ebony with gilded-bronze mounts; Dial: white enamel with black numerals; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1991.8On view in:Gallery 524