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Mantel clock

Clockmaker: Julien Le Roy (French, Tours 1686–1759 Paris)
Case maker: Chantilly (French)
ca. 1745–49
French, Paris with French, Chantilly case
Chantilly soft-paste porcelain mounted on gilt bronz, flowers of soft- and hard-paste porcelain; clock face of white enameled metal
Height: 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm)
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 539
The figure of Pu-tai Ho-shang, a Chinese apostle of the Buddha, is a literal copy made at Chantilly in the 1740s of a blanc de chine model that originated at Tê-hua in the Fukien province of China and was exported to the West in the first half of the eighteenth century. Augustus the Strong owned a number of examples, presumably those described in the 1721 inventory of the Japanese Palace in Dresden as sitting pagods.[1] This Chantilly version may be compared to a blanc de chine figure, mounted, like this, in French gilt bronze of about 1745–49 in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore.[2] Thirteen of the flowers are original and are of soft-paste porcelain made at Chantilly; the remainder are replacements in hard-paste porcelain. The clock has a rack-and-nail quarter-striking movement; the movement and hands are original; the pendulum suspension has been replaced with a nineteenth-century Brocot suspension, and the pendulum is missing.

[Bill Rieder, 1984]

[1] P. J. Donnelly, Blanc de Chine, New York, 1969, p. 160.

[2] F. J. B. Watson, Chinese Porcelains in European Mounts (exhib. cat.), New York, China House Gallery, 1980, no. 5.
Signature: Signed on clock face: JULIEN LE ROY

Marking: Struck on numerous places on mounts: Crowned C (period 1745–49)
Jack and Belle Linsky (until 1982; to MMA)
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