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Musical mantel clock (Pendule avec boîte à musique)

Clockmaker: Jean Baptiste Martre (born 1734, working 1770–85)
Case possibly by Jacques Dumont (active 1748–88)
ca. 1770
French, Bordeaux
Case of gilt bronze
H. 30-1/8 x W. 23-3/8 x D. 10-1/2 in. (76.5 x 59.4 x 26.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1958
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 525
Signature: MARTRE/ A BORDEAUX (on face); Martre A Bordeaux/ No. 37 (incised on back plate of clock)

Inscription: Louise Françoise de la Baume le Blanc/ Louis XIV/ Mad a Duchesse de la Vallière Mar 19 1670 (incised on lower edge of hinged panel at back of music box)

Marking: Dumont (stamped, on crest; on top of music box, under clock);

fleur de lys (on crest, above Dumont; on back edges of clock case, behind dial; on front and back edges of music box, 3 in center, once on each side)
Sir Charles Mills, Baronet ; The Lords Hillingdon ; The Samuel H. Kress Foundation (until 1958; to MMA)
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