The Wallace Collection

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Mantel clock
  • Mantel clock
  • Jean-Jacques de Lespinasse (active between: c. 1792) , Clockmaker
  • Claude Richard, Spring Maker
    De Barbarey, Painter, (of medallion)
  • France
  • c. 1780
  • Gilt bronze, bronze, slate, marble, gouache on paper, mahogany, red velvet, brass, steel, enamel, gilt brass and glass
  • Object size: 97.1 x 42.2 x 27.5 cm
  • Inscription: 'DE LESPINASSE / A PARIS' Painted
    Inscription: 'tout Pareil / au M Deles'
    Inscription: 'Richard may 1778' Scratched
    Inscription: '5 2 / 3619' Scratched
    Inscription: 'Maitre de Barbarey fecit 18[?]'
  • F94
  • Study
Further Reading
  • Spring-driven mantel clock with a case in the form of an obelisk and pedestal veneered over slate and bronze with lapis lazuli and supported on a griotte marble base. The gilt-bronze mounts include a figure of Aurora at the top of the obelisk, lions’ heads at its base and a seated Ceres and an infant on either side of the dial. The oval gouache medallion representing Cupid and the Three Graces was probably painted by a Monsieur Barbarey. His name is inscribed on the back although the full date of 1854 can only be read clearly on the reverse of the medallion on the matching barometer (F95). Both the clock and barometer seem to have been altered, perhaps in the mid nineteenth century when Barbarey executed the medallions.