The Wallace Collection

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Mantel clock
  • Mantel clock
  • Jean-Baptiste-François Cronier (active between: c. 1781) , Movement Maker
  • Pierre Bezelle, Enameller, (dial)
  • France
  • c. 1785
  • Gilt bronze, porcelain, brass and glass
  • Object size: 30.7 x 18.9 x 10.2 cm
  • Painter's mark: Interlaced Ls In underglaze blue
    Inscription: 'Cronier / A PARIS' Painted
    Inscription: 'Bezelle' Painted
  • F265
  • Oval Drawing Room
Further Reading
  • Spring-driven clock with an upright case of gilt-bronze mounted with nine porcelain plaques painted with turquoise-blue borders enclosing panels of gilt trellis-work and with white reserves painted with flowers. The plaques are possibly made in hard paste, as late eighteenth-century imitations of Sèvres porcelain. The clock movement is by Jean-Baptiste-François Cronier (master 1781), recorded on the quai de la Mégisserie between 1783 and 1800. The dial is by Pierre Bezelle, recorded in the rue de l’Arbre-Sec at the time of his marriage in 1768. This clock, like the column clock described above, was in the collection of the 4th Marquess of Hertford by 1865, when it was lent to the Musée Rétrospectif exhibition in Paris.