Mantel clock

English (London)
Design attributed to Benjamin Vulliamy (English, 1747–1811), Modeled by James Smith (English, 1775–1815), [Role] John Houle (English, 1784–1850), [Role] Randal Jackson (English, born about 1740, active 1785–1808, died in 1820), Made by Vulliamy & Son, Probably cast by Michael Barnett (English, 1763–1817), [Role] Pierre-Maximilien Delafontaine (French, 1774–1860), [Role] Day


H: 12 1/4 in.; W: 17.5 in.; D: 5 in.

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Medium or Technique

Patinated and gilt bronze, marble

Not On View





The cast relief across the base is based on Charles Heathcote Tatham’s engraving of the Aldobrandini relief, from his “Etchings Representing the Best Examples of Ancient Ornamental Architecture” (1799). Such reliefs were manufactured under the direction of Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, who dealt in decorative furniture and ormolu imported from Paris, particularly from the bronze manufacturer Pierre-Maximilien Delafontaine.


Inscribed on the back of the clock face: "Vulliamy London 510"


November 19, 1985, anonymous sale (Fine Watches and Clocks), Phillips, London, lot 36. H. Blairman and Sons, Ltd., London. Purchased by Horace Wood Brock, Gloucester, MA; 2012, year-end gift of Horace Wood Brock to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 27, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace Wood Brock