Clock 002
Fine and rare early Louis XV ormolu and bronze vernissé cartel clock probably designed by Meissonier.  The rococo clock depicts the Victory of Love over Time.  Two ormoulu amors, one holding an hourglass, the other a scythe (replaced) look down from above the movement at an ormoulu winged figure of Chronos, Father Time, who reaches up vainly for his stolen tools. Except for the figures, the clock is in bronze vernissé.

The only other known version of this clock is in the J. Paul Getty Museum. [The fine later movement (probably an 18th century upgrade of the original movement) is signed Robin. Scythe replaced.]


Exhibited: Art Nouveau, 1890-1914: National Gallery of Art, 2000; Number 49. The clock was shown as an exemplar of the influence of the rococo style on art nouveau. It is illustrated on page 454 of the Washington catalogue.

                    Rococo: the Continuing Curve, 1730-2008: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; March 7- July 6, 2008. Fig. 14.

Ex Collection:  Hotel de Ville
                          Sir Charles Lamb Collection
                          C.J. Nieuwenhuys: Christie’s July 17, 1886. Lot 140 [£504]
                          Wertheimer
                          Madame Blanche Thebom



Height (ins.): 52 (132 cm)      Length/Width (ins.): 23 1/2 (60 cm)      Depth (ins.): 12 (31 cm)
Origin: France, 18th century     Period: Louis XV