The Wallace Collection

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Column clock
  • Column clock
  • Germain Dubois , Movement Maker
  • France
  • 1786
  • Gilt bronze, marble, brass, enamel and glass
  • Height: 35.7 cm
    Diameter: 17.3 cm, of base
  • Date mark: interlaced Ls; ii (for 1786) Painted in blue
    Gilder's mark: Interlaced Ls; # (gilder’s mark for Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux) In gilding
    Inscription: 'Gm Dubois / A PARIS' Painted
  • F262
  • Oval Drawing Room
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  • Spring-driven clock with a case in the form of a fluted, Sèvres soft-paste porcelain column supporting a vase of the same material. Gilt-bronze swags of flowers decorate the case and part of the clock face. The column rests on two gilt-bronze collars above a marble base with four gilt-bronze bun feet. This kind of column clock was first produced at Sèvres in 1771 and the shape of vase on the top in 1778. The stem of the vase has been repaired and the knop of the cover is a replacement. The clock was in the collection of the 4th Marquess of Hertford by 1865, when he lent it along with many other works of art from his Parisian collection to the Musée Rétrospectif exhibition in Paris.