The Wallace Collection

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Mantel clock
  • Mantel clock
  • Attributed to André-Charles Boulle (1642 - 1732)
  • Jean Jolly (active between: c. 1698), Movement Maker
  • France
  • c. 1715
  • Oak, turtleshell, ebony, brass, gilt bronze, rosewood, silk lining, steel and glass
  • Object size: 79 x 53.5 x 42 cm
  • Label: '36' Printed, incomplete
    Inscription: 'Jolly AParis' engraved
    Inscription: 'L.MOINET / A PARIS'
    Inscription: 'RLV fevrier 1771 M' scratched
    Inscription: 'S N O N' scratched
  • F93
  • Billiard Room
Commentary
History
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The model for this clock was listed in the 1715 inventory of Boulle’s workshop when, although unfinished, it was valued at the high figure of 2,500 livres. The clock movement is by Jean Jolly (1691-1748). The gilt-bronze figure of Venus rests her right foot on a spiral shell, which was probably cast from life, while Cupid with his bow and arrow stands beside her. Originally there would have been a garland of gilt-bronze flowers running down from the chaplet held by Venus to the flowers on the left-hand side. The clock face, decorated with flying putti, is of a type often used by Boulle.