Clock (pendule à console)

Maker: Clockmaker: probably Jean-Philippe Gosselin (recorded as master in Paris 1717, died 1766)

Maker: Case maker: Jean-Joseph de Saint Germain (1719–1791)

Date: ca. 1750

Culture: French, Paris

Medium: Case: bronze, formerly gilded, silvered or lacquered; dial: white enamel, with black numerals; movement: brass and steel

Dimensions: 16 × 12 in. (40.6 × 30.5 cm)

Classification: Horology

Credit Line: Bequest of Ogden Mills, 1929

Accession Number: 37.160.9

Description

One of the few signed pieces of gilt bronze in the Museum's collection, the case, composed of Rococo scrolls, acanthus foliage, flowers, and berries, bears the signature of Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain on one of its back legs. De Saint-Germain was an important bronze caster and chaser in Paris who specialized in clock cases, furniture mounts, and various forms of lighting. The original lacquered finish, silvering, or gilding of this clock has been lost.

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