Possibly by Clodion (Claude Michel) (French, Nancy 1738–1814 Paris)
Terracotta, painted to resemble bronze
Height: 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1906
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 552
This is a preliminary model for a bronze clock figure; the movement would have been in the globe. In an anonymous sale in Paris, 1790, a terracotta was sold that purported to be Clodion's model for a clock for Catherine the Great of Russia.
Georges Hoentschel (until 1906; sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (1906; to MMA)