French rococo clocks were often decorated with porcelain figures attached to the case with gilded-bronze mounts. Porcelain cases made specifically to accommodate clock movements, such as this, were less common. They were prized in England as well as in France. Benjamin Gray was appointed clockmaker to King George II in 1742. In 1743, he went into partnership with his future son-in-law, Justin Vulliamy, producing a number of clocks for their royal patron and his successor.
Signature: Signed on movement: Benj : Gray / Just : Vulliamy / London
Artist: Clock maker: Jean Godde l'aîné (French, ca. 1668–1748/49)Date: ca. 1740–45Medium: Case: gilded bronze, oak, and tortoiseshell on brass marquetry on oak; Dial: white enamel and gilded brass with blued-steel hands; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1971.206.27On view in:Gallery 526
Artist: Clockmaker: Joseph Knibb (British, 1640–1711)Date: ca. 1680–85Medium: Case: walnut and oak veneered with walnut; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1974.28.92On view in:Gallery 511
Artist: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)Date: ca. 1677–80Medium: Case: oak veneered with walnut, panels of oyster-cut olive wood; marquetry panels of green-stained bone, ivory, and various woods; gilded-brass mounts; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1999.48.2On view in:Gallery 518