THE COLLECTION
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
  • Date: c. 1768
  • Medium: Gilt bronze, patinated bronze, glass, ebony, oak, brass, silk and enamel
  • Object size: 47.5 x 69.7 x 27.8 cm
  • Inv: F267
  • Location: Large Drawing Room
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Description
Provenance
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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).