Mantel clock

Maker: Clockmaker: Jean-Baptiste Lepaute (French, 1727–1802)

Modeler: Figures modeled by Augustin Pajou (French, Paris 1730–1809 Paris)

Founder: Figures cast by Étienne Martincourt (French, active 1762–1800)

Date: ca. 1780–90

Culture: French, Paris

Medium: Gilt bronze, marble, enamel

Dimensions: Overall (Wt. confirmed): 37 x 41 x 12 1/2 in., 379lb. (94 x 104.1 x 31.8 cm, 171.9133kg)

Classification: Horology

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.2126


This imposing clock embodies the marriage of luxury in the decorative arts and timekeeping. The clock illustrates the Triumph of Love over Time, with the young god of Love at the left and Chronos, or Father Time, dejected at the right. The figures, modeled by Augustin
Pajou, are high-quality castings in gilded bronze. On the copper sphere scattered with gilded-bronze stars is a clock consisting of two revolving horizontal dials with the hours and minutes, a notable style within the Lepaute workshop; the arrow of the winged god indicates
the time.