Mantel Clock

pendule de cheminée

French
about 1780


Dimensions

Overall: 32.4 x 28.2 x 14 cm (12 3/4 x 11 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

65.2234

Medium or Technique

White marble and gilt bronze; enameled metal dial (modern)

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Clocks

White marble, gilt bronze, with figure known as “Justice”; striking movement, flanked by cockerel atop a pile of books, on a stool with draped fabric edged with a tassel fringe. The figure of a woman leans on clock column, her right hand holding open book, oblong plinth with pierced decoration on base, six cone shaped feet.

Inscription

on the book is inscribed: Chapitre/II/ L'etude la/plus necessaire.a l'homme/est celle/de l'homme

Provenance

Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection