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Mantel clock ("Pendule Clio")

Maker:
Clockmaker: Jean-André Lepaute (French, 1720–1789)
Maker:
Clockmaker: Jean-Baptiste Lepaute (French, 1727–1802)
Date:
ca. 1766–70
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Case: patinated and gilded bronze, and patinated copper (?); Dial: white enamel; Movement: brass and steel
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 24 3/4 × 19 1/4 × 10 1/4 in., 105 lb. (62.9 × 48.9 × 26 cm, 47.6 kg)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Bequest of Ogden Mills, 1929
Accession Number:
37.160.10
Not on view
French eighteenth-century clocks are among the most lavish ever made, requiring the collaboration of clockmakers, bronze founders, gilders, and others. Lepaute worked with the renowned sculptors Clodion, Augustin Pajou, and Jean-Antoine Houdon, who probably made the models for this clock. Like the Pendule Uranie (29.180.2), the model for this clock is mentioned in Jean-André Lepaute’s 1766 publication and described as the Pendule Clio (Muse of History).
Signature: Signed on front plate of movement: LE PAUTE A PARIS

Inscription: Inscribed on front of pedestal, in Greek letters: ΟΥΡΑΝΙΙΙ ΠΟΛΟΝ ΕΥΡΕ ΚΑΙ/ ΟΥΡΑΜΙΩΝ ΧΟΡΟΝ ΑΣΤΡΩΝ [trans.: Urania discovered the firmament and the chorus of heavenly stars.]

Note: This inscription is a quotation from Anthologia Palatina, IX.504.9.
Ogden Mills (until 1929; bequeathed to MMA)
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