pendule de cheminée
Probably made by François Ageron (master 1741?, died after 1783)
34.8 x 25.7 x 15.7 cm (13 11/16 x 10 1/8 x 6 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gilt bronze; white marble; Sèvres soft-paste porcelain column; enameled metal dial; steel; miniature on ivory (?)
Not On View
Clock, mounted in a truncated fluted green and white porcelain column, dial encased within a gilt bronze garland. A nymph in the manner of Flaconet stands at the left, holding a medallion believed to be a portrait of Marie Antoinette that rests on top of the column. At the right a seated putto, teaching tricks to a dog. The column and figures rest on a marble plinth with half round ends and a frieze of gilt bronze. Movement by Ageron.
Dial painted Ageron A/Paris probably for Francois Ageron.
1782, probably Marie-Josephine de Laguerre (b. 1755 - d. 1783), Paris; April 10, 1782, probably de Laguerre sale, Paris, lot 28 [see note 1]. Baron Alphonse de Rothschild (b. 1827 - d. 1905), Paris [see note 2]. By 1933, Chester Beatty (b. 1875 - d. 1968), Dublin [see note 3]; November 15, 1955, Beatty sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 131. 1956, Morton Lee, London; January 18, 1956, sold by Lee to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)
 This is one of several clocks of similar design. The description of lot 28 in the Laguerre catalogue matches that of the MFA clock, naming Ageron as the maker; his name is painted on the dial of the MFA example.  See the 1955 Beatty auction catalogue ("Catalogue of the Important Collection of Sèvres Porcelain, the Property of Sir Chester Beatty," Sotheby, London, November 15, 1955, p. 40, lot 131).  Mrs. Chester Beatty lent the clock to the exhibition "Three French Reigns (Louis XIV, XV, & XVI)," Royal Northern Hospital, London, February 21 - April 5, 1933, cat. no. 225.
Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection