Mantel clock, Clockmaker: Jean-Baptiste Lepaute (French, 1727–1802), Gilt bronze, marble, enamel, French, Paris

Mantel clock

Maker:
Clockmaker: Jean-Baptiste Lepaute (French, 1727–1802)
Modeler:
Figures modeled by Augustin Pajou (French, Paris 1730–1809 Paris)
Founder:
Figures cast by Étienne Martincourt (French, active 1762–1800)
Date:
ca. 1780–90
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Gilt bronze, marble, enamel
Dimensions:
Overall (Wt. confirmed): 37 x 41 x 12 1/2 in., 379lb. (94 x 104.1 x 31.8 cm, 171.9133kg)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.2126
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553
This imposing clock embodies the marriage of luxury in the decorative arts and timekeeping. The clock illustrates the Triumph of Love over Time, with the young god of Love at the left and Chronos, or Father Time, dejected at the right. The figures, modeled by Augustin
Pajou, are high-quality castings in gilded bronze. On the copper sphere scattered with gilded-bronze stars is a clock consisting of two revolving horizontal dials with the hours and minutes, a notable style within the Lepaute workshop; the arrow of the winged god indicates
the time.
Signature: On the backplate of the movement: LEPAUTE GAD PARIS

Signed on sphere below and to the right of Cupid's arrow, in script: Lepaute à Paris
J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)