The Wallace Collection

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Cartel clock
  • Cartel clock
  • Jean-Jacques Fiéffé (died 1770) , Movement Maker
  • Guillaume Blakey, Spring Maker
  • France
  • 1740s
  • Gilt bronze, glass, steel, oak, silk pendulum suspension, brass and enamel
  • Object size: 110.5 x 50.3 x 22 cm
  • Stamp: 'pp'
    Inscription: 'FIÉFFÉ / DE L'OBSERVATOIRE' Painted
    Inscription: 'fiéffé AParis' Engraved
    Inscription: 'Ehbune le 23 / 1779 / Cleaned April 20th / 1915 / H.Hildersley' Scratched
    Inscription: 'L.Gaze Aug 1816' In ink
    Inscription: 'Blakey / n 1736' Scratched
  • F91
  • Boudoir
Further Reading
  • This rococo cartel clock is cast and chased with shellwork and scrolls and surmounted by a huntsman holding a spear and a hound pursuing a winged dragon. The irregular triangular section at the bottom projects inwards towards the wall and the case is not flat, suggesting that the clock probably once fitted onto a shaped cartouche on the panelling of an alcove, perhaps in a bedroom. It is likely that the oak frame was added when the clock was removed from this setting. The clock appears to be contemporary with those made by Charles Cressent, such as F92, but it does not match the sculptural quality of Cressent’s clocks.