French (Paris)
mid-18th century
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany), Made at Vincennes Manufactory (France)

Object Place: Europe, Paris, France


72.4 x 39.4 cm (28 1/2 x 15 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilt-bronze, enameled metal, hard-paste porcelain, soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamel decoration, gilding

Not On View





Clock set in an elaborate symmetrically scrolling gilt-bronze lattice work arbor on rocaille gilt-bronze base. Dome shaped arbor surmounted by porcelain figure of draped child. Arbor opening below contains a porcelain figure group of lady at table sewing and a gentleman at right leaning toward her.


Clock face is marked *Jacob* above the hands and *A PARIS* below the hands; the base of the figure group is marked with blue crossed swords of the Meissen manufactory. According to the Coolidge catalogue, the only clockmaker by that name working in Paris during the 18th century was Jean Jacques Jacob, who did not become a master until 1783. This suggests the movement may have been replaced the original in the late 18th century.


Lord Gage, Firle Place, East Sussex, England [see note 1]. By 1960, Antique Porcelain Company, New York; May 3, 1960, sold by the Antique Porcelain Company to William Appleton Coolidge (b. 1901 - d. 1992), Topsfield and Cambridge, MA; 1993, bequest of William Appleton Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 27, 1993)

[1] According to the Antique Porcelain Company invoice (May 3, 1960).

Credit Line

Bequest of William A. Coolidge