Carrier-Belleuse was probably the most versatile sculptor of his time. Not only was he, himself, capable of executing commissions for public monuments and creating full-scale Salon pieces, but also his studio was the prolific source of small, decorative sculpture for collectors and limited editions of high-quality decorative objects. In addition, he supplied designs for many other leading producers of the decorative arts, among them porcelains for Sèvres and Minton and luxury objects in metal for the founder Ferdinand Barbedienne and the jeweler Lucien Falize. Carrier's design for this clock which is also in the Museum;s collection (see 1991.266), was used by the Paris firm of Guéret frères, specialists in furniture with carved wooden ornament.
Signature: Stamped on dial: Guéret Frêres/PARIS/1863
[ Sandorval and Co., Inc. , New York, until 1991; sold to MMA ]
Artist: Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, Anizy-le-Château 1824–1887 Sèvres)Date: 19th centuryMedium: Red chalk, heightened with white chalk, touches of black chalkAccession: 1991.266On view in:Not on view