Clock

about 1870–90
Retailed by Tiffany & Co. (American, active 1837–present), Made by Unknown French company, active 19th century


Place of Creation: France, France

Dimensions

Overall: 48.3 x 24.1 x 14 cm (19 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2006.1816.1

Medium or Technique

Gilt bronze, Champlevé enamel

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Clocks

One part of a three piece set


Even as American artisans and manufacturers produced increasingly sophisticated household furnishings, consumers and retailers still relied on Europe for high-end luxury goods. This ornate set was made in France for the American market. It captures the showy taste of elite society; the bright enameling and gilt-bronze finish are sumptuous, rich, and lively.

Markings

On clock face (painted): "TIFFANY & COMPy" ("Y" is superscript) and "New York"
On back of clock works, on interior (stamped):TIFFANY & COMPy" ("Y" is superscript) / 3985 / 6 0" and stamped in different area: "HJ"

Provenance

Possible first owner, Caroline Halsey Nichols, Park Ave, New York or Elizabeth Robbins Halsey; wedding gift to Caroline Nichols McFarlan who married Gordon Bunker in Summit, NJ on November 16, 1915 from her great aunt Caroline Halsey Nichols, Park Ave, New York; descended to Caroline and Gordon's son Horace Bunker; gift to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Horace Thayer Bunker