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.
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: 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