The Wallace Collection

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Mantel clock
  • Mantel clock
  • Robert Robin (1742 - 1799) , Movement Maker
  • Joseph Coteau (1740 - 1812), Enameller, (enamel band round vase)
  • France
  • c. 1785
  • Gilt bronze, enamelled bronze, grisaille panels, steel, gilt brass and glass
  • Object size: 60.5 x 39 x 22 cm
  • Inscription: 'Coteau'
    Inscription: 'Robin' Painted
    Inscription: '1852 / Escoffier' Scratched
    Inscription: '656 / 91 / Wallace' Scratched
    Inscription: '6645 / 3-73 / IF'
  • F263
  • Study
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  • This clock, with its winged infants representing Astronomy and Geometry, is related to another with a similar design (but with figures representing ‘the Arts’) which was deposited with Robert Robin by Marie-Antoinette after the outbreak of the French Revolution. Robin (1742-99) also made the movement of the Wallace Collection’s clock. A particularly attractive feature of this clock is the enamelled band painted with four grisaille panels of the Seasons and four profile heads set against panels of simulated lapis lazuli.