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Mantel clock
  • Mantel clock
  • Attributed to Louis-Simon Boizot (1743 - 1809) , Designer , perhaps
  • France
  • c. 1774
  • White marble, gilt bronze, enamelled bronze, brass
  • Object size: 60.5 x 51.8 x 22 cm
  • Inscription: 'Carcel Le 20 juillet 1823 / Levol 1827' Scratched
    Inscription: 'V.Corret 1865' Scratched
    Inscription: 'Cleaned by H.Hildersley / at W. Wrights / 65 Frith Street / Soho Sq / Dec 29th 1914' Scratched
  • F259
  • Study
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • The design of this clock is tentatively attributed to the sculptor Louis-Simon Boizot (1743-1809). It shows Louis XVI dressed as a Roman general and receiving counsel from Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom – a poignant conceit in view of his later fate during the French Revolution. The gilt-bronze reliefs on the base depict, from left to right, the king dining with his brothers, the king in Roman military dress dictating laws from a book held by Justice to France, and the king enthroned on a dais, surrounded by allegorical figures including Truth banishing Falsehood. The clock itself is in the shape of a globe. Around the circumference of the globe are two rotating dials with numbers on enamel plaques indicating the hours (in Roman numerals) and the minutes. The lowest of three fleur-de-lis on the globe indicates the time.