The Wallace Collection

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Mantel clock
  • Mantel clock
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Probably Jacques Furet (active between: c. 1710), Movement Maker
  • France
  • c. 1745 - c. 1750
  • Gilt bronze, silk, glass, brass and gilt brass
  • Object size: 49.5 x 32 x 13.5 cm
  • Inscription: 'FURET LAINÉ / A PARIS' Painted
    Inscription: 'FURET L'AINÉ A PARIS' Engraved
    Stamp: 'B 6'
    Stamp: 'W. M P.' (M is smaller and underlined - so WM is for William)
  • F90
  • Small Drawing Room
Further Reading
  • A spring–driven mantel clock (pendule de cheminée) with a scrolled, gilt–bronze case. The case sides have panels of pierced gilt bronze lined with modern pink silk.
    The gilt-bronze decoration is in a pronounced rococo style, combining irregular scrolls and pierced ornament with asymmetry. The clock is also mounted with five characters from the Italian Comedy (Commedia dell’arte): on the top Harlequin, wearing a hat, mask and diaper-patterned costume; Mezzetin, wearing a wide, loose cap and ruff and holding his cloak in one hand; and Gilles, with a broad-brimmed hat on the back of his head. At the bottom of the clock, Lélio and the hunchbacked Punch complete the cast. The Italian Comedy was a very popular form of comedic theatre in France in the eighteenth century and, as well as being a source for the decorative arts such as on this clock, was a popular theme with artists like Antoine Watteau who often incorporated references to its characters in their paintings.