The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Mantel clock
  • Mantel clock
  • Ferdinand Berthoud (1727 - 1807) , Movement Maker
  • Joseph Baumhauer (died 1772), Plinth Maker
    Probably Edme Roy (active between: c. 1745), Bronze Founder
    Laurent Guiard (1723 - 1788), Case Designer, (probably made model of bronze figure and clock case)
  • France
  • c. 1768
  • Gilt bronze, patinated bronze, glass, ebony, oak, brass, silk and enamel
  • Object size: 47.5 x 69.7 x 27.8 cm
  • Inscription: 'Ferdinand Berthoud' Engraved
    Stamp: 'JOSEPH'
    Inscription: 'FERDINAND BERTHOUD' Painted
    Inscription: 'SB Gaze / July 1847 4 Feb 1850' Painted
    Inscription: 'Ferdinand Berthoud' Engraved
    Inscription: 'Buzot octobre 1768' Scratched
    Inscription: 'Buzot octobre 1768' Scratched
    Inscription: '1112 / 71 / Richard Wallace / Oval Cat Room' Scratched
    Inscription: 'Wallace' Scratched
  • F267
  • Large Drawing Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • A model of clock originally known as ‘l’Emploi du Temps’, it was first made for Madame Geoffrin (1699-1777), a society hostess, famed for holding artistic and literary soirées. According to her will she kept the clock in her bedroom and admired it so much that she commissioned another version for Diderot. The reading figure symbolises the employment of time but may also reflect a contemporary portrait of Madame Geoffrin. The plinth was made by Joseph Baumhauer (died 1772) and the bronze figure and clock case were probably cast by the founder Edme Roy (master 1745) from a model by Laurent Guiard (1723-88).