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Clock

Maker:
Clockmaker: Charles Dutertre (master clockmaker from 1758(?))
Factory:
Porcelain by Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Date:
ca. 1775
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Porcelain, enamel, gilt bronze, marble
Dimensions:
13 5/8 × 10 in. (34.6 × 25.4 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of Ann Payne Blumenthal, 1943
Accession Number:
43.163.24a, b
Not on view
About ten allegorical clocks of this model personifying love and friendship, probably created by the marchand mercier Dominique Daguerre (d. 1796), are known. Records of the Sèvres porcelain manufactory indicate that twenty-three columns suitable for clock cases were supplied to Daguerre between 1772 and 1791. Holding two hearts in one hand, the female figure represents friendship; in her other hand, she originally held a portrait medallion, now missing. The putto on the other side of the column, personifying love, plays with a dog, the symbol of fidelity. A colored drawing for a similar clock, now in the Museum's collection, belongs to a group of drawings sent as a sort of sale catalogue to Albert, duke of Sachsen-Teschen, and his wife, Maria-Christina, a sister of Marie-Antoinette, joint governors of the Low Countries from 1780 to 1792.
Signature: Signed on dial: [1] Chles Duterte (in script)/ A PARIS

Signed inside column near base: [2] C Naudot 10-1903
Ann Payne Blumenthal (until 1943; to MMA)
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