Clockmaker: probably Jean-Philippe Gosselin (recorded as master in Paris 1717, died 1766)
Case maker: Jean-Joseph de Saint Germain (1719–1791)
Case: bronze, formerly gilded, silvered or lacquered; dial: white enamel, with black numerals; movement: brass and steel
16 × 12 in. (40.6 × 30.5 cm)
Bequest of Ogden Mills, 1929
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551
Ornamental bronzes—which are easily cast from molds and made to simulate solid gold or, occasionally, solid silver by the application of thin layers of precious metals—were ubiquitous in the décor and furnishings of an eighteenth-century French palace, townhouse, or château. This clock, signed by one of the most admired bronze founder-chasers, Jean-Joseph de Saint Germain, has lost all of its original gilding but preserves the undulating scrolls interspersed with floral motifs that are characteristic of French rococo design at its liveliest.
[Clare Vincent, 2007]
Signature: Case signed (on back of leg): ST Germain [Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain (1719–1791)]
Marking: Impressed on left back leg: ST GERMAIN; four attached foliate sprays at sides and top: two on left stamped G and *G* respectively, near screw holes; that on right, D; that on top, H (probably for gauche, droit, haut); corresponding marks near screw holes on main body of case.
Artist: Clock maker: Jean Godde l'aîné (French, ca. 1668–1748/49)Date: ca. 1740–45Medium: Case: gilded bronze, oak, and tortoiseshell on brass marquetry on oak; Dial: white enamel and gilded brass with blued-steel hands; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1971.206.27On view in:Gallery 526
Artist: Clockmaker: Ferdinand Berthoud (French, 1727–1807)Date: ca. 1768–70Medium: Case: oak veneered with ebony and brass, with gilt-bronze mounts; Dial: white enamel; Movement: gilded brass and steelAccession: 1982.60.50On view in:Gallery 540
Artist: Clockmaker: Jean-Baptiste-André Furet (French, ca. 1720–1807)Date: ca. 1784Medium: Case: gilded and lacquered bronze and marble; Movement (in bust): brass and steel with enameled hour and minute chapter rings; Miniature organ with pipes and bellows (in base): brass, steel, and leatherAccession: 58.75.127On view in:Gallery 523
Artist: Watchmaker: Lambertus Vrythoff (recorded 1724–69)Date: case ca. 1645, movement ca. 1750Medium: Case and dial: enameled gold; Movement: gilded brass and steel, partly bluedAccession: 17.190.1413On view in:Gallery 532