The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Clock and candelabrum
  • Clock and candelabrum
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • After Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716 - 1791), (figure of Cupid)
  • France
  • c. 1781
  • White marble, griotte marble, patinated bronze, gilt bronze, brass and gilt brass
  • Height: 224.2 cm
    Width: 45 cm, plinth
    Circumference: 45.2 cm, plinth
  • F272
  • Oval Drawing Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • This spring-driven clock is in the form of a white marble vase with rotating ring dials. The time is indicated by the tongue of the gilt-bronze serpent entwined round the neck of the vase. The vase is fixed to a cylindrical white marble plinth which in turn is attached to a square griotte marble base. A patinated figure of Cupid executed in the style of Falconet stands next to the vase, his arms encircling it and the gilt-bronze stems of poppies which stand in the vase. The clock and candelabrum was bought by the dealer Redfern of Warwick for the 4th Marquess of Hertford at the Stowe sale, 14th day, 1 September 1848. It was described in the catalogue for the sale as ‘a magnificent clock’ and a ‘beautiful piece of decorative furniture’.