Thelot's ancestors were French Huguenots who emigrated from Dijon in 1585. He became one of the most celebrated goldsmiths in Augsburg, a city renowned for its metalwork in silver and silver gilt. The reliefs on this case depict the goddess Venus at her toilette (top), Venus and Diana (right), Venus and Mars (bottom), and Venus at the forge of Vulcan (left). The present quarter-striking movement, with an alarm and a repeating mechanism, is the work of a competent but comparatively unknown clockmaker, and it was probably fitted to this extraordinary case at some time in the second half of the eighteenth century.
Signature: Case, incised on left plaque, on anvil; and on bottom plaque, beneath kneeling Cupid: J. A. Thelot
Signed on the back plate of the movement: Xaveri Gegenreiner / Augsburg
Marking: On each of four main silver plaques:  weevil (French mark for gold and silver imported articles, in use 1836–64)
Baroness James de Rothschild (by 1912) ; J. & S. Goldschmidt ; William Randolph Hearst (until 1941; William R. Hearst collection sale, Hammer Galleries, 1941, p. 307); Anonymous (until 1946; sale, no. 102 from private owners," November 22, 1946, no. 102, sold as from "N.Y. Private Collector")
Artist: Johann Valentin Gevers (German, ca. 1662–1737)Date: ca. 1710Medium: Oak and pine veneered with tortoiseshell, silver, silver gilt, and green-stained ivory; mirror glassAccession: 1989.20On view in:Gallery 531
Artist: Fourteen identified German (Augsburg) goldsmiths and other German artisans; Japanese (Imari) porcelain makerDate: ca. 1743–45Medium: Gilt silver, hard-paste porcelain, cut glass, walnut, carved and partially gilt coniferous wood, blind-tooled and partially gilt leather, partially gilt steel and iron, textiles, moiré paper, hog's bristleAccession: 2005.364.1a–d–.48On view in:Gallery 551
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