The Wallace Collection

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Long-Case clock
  • Long-Case clock
  • Nicolas Petit (1732 - 1791) , Case Maker
  • Jacques-Joseph Lepaute (active between: c. 1775), Movement Maker
    Elie Barbezat, Dial Enameller
    After Philippe Caffiéri (1714 - 1774), Modeller and Caster, (mounts)
  • France
  • c. 1780
  • oak, pine; veneers of tulipwood, satiné and stringings of ebony and box; glass, gilt bronze, brass and steel
  • Object size: 221.2 x 56.8 x 34.5 cm
  • Stamp: 'N. PETIT JME'
    Inscription: 'Lepaute / DE BELLE FONTAINE / A PARIS' Painted
    Inscription: 'Barbezat' Painted
    Inscription: 'C. Rush May 20 1881 / Augt 14 1883 / JS 38 - 1819 - 186 / De 26 209329 1817' Scratched
    Inscription: 'Cleaned & new cord / 31st May / 1938 / H. Hildersley' In pencil
    Inscription: 'De vigt' Scratched
  • F270
  • Boudoir
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The gilt-bronze group on the top of this clock shows Apollo in his chariot, whipping his horses into action to gallop across the sky, an illustration of a scene from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. This motif is a particularly appropriate embellishment for a clock as Apollo was the sun god who rose every morning to bring the day. A similar scene is also referred to in a painting by Boucher in the Wallace Collection (P485).
    The clock has a pendulum made up of five steel and four brass rods, which allow it to compensate for changes in atmospheric conditions.