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)

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Collections

Europe

Classifications

Clocks

White marble, bronze dore, known as “Justice”; striking movement, flanked by cockerel atop a pile of books, and drapes; figure of a woman leaning on clock column, right hand holding open book, oblong plinth ajouré decorated 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

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

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection