Vase or clock ornament

Date: ca. 1770

Culture: French

Medium: Gilt bronze

Dimensions: Overall (confirmed): 7 3/4 × 3 1/4 × 3 in. (19.7 × 8.3 × 7.6 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Gilt Bronze

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1906

Accession Number: 07.225.510.316


As a clock or vase mount, this nymph, her body terminating in an acanthus console, would have been primarily seen in profile. However, she is lovely from all sides and has a beautifully modeled back and a wonderful coiffure.