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Wall clock (cartel)

Clockmaker: Étienne LeNoir (French, 1675–1739)
Case by Chantilly (French)
ca. 1735–40
French, Paris with French, Chantilly case
Case: soft-paste porcelain and partly gilded brass; Dial: white enamel; Movement: brass and steel
Overall: 19 1/2 × 9 1/2 × 4 3/4 in. (49.5 × 24.1 × 12.1 cm); Diameter (back plate): 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 539
Étienne Le Noir was the patriarch of a dynasty of French clockmakers who specialized in movements for clocks with lavishly decorated cases for royal and aristocratic patrons. This clock is unique in having its case made of porcelain rather than more typical gilded bronze, and there are only two other surviving examples of wall clocks with Chantilly porcelain cases. The figures imitate Japanese porcelain, as was quite usual at the Chantilly porcelain factory.
Signature: Signed on dial: .ESTIENNE · LE NOIR. .A PARIS·

Signed on back plate of movement: Etienne LeNoir / AParis
Lady Margaret Fortescue , Castle Hill, Devonshire (until 1966; sale, Christie's, London, March 28, 1966, no. 145; sold to Linsky); Jack and Belle Linsky , New York (1966–82; to MMA)
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