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Wall clock (cartel)

Maker:
Clockmaker: Ferdinand Berthoud (French, 1727–1807)
Maker:
Case maker: Jacques Caffieri (French, 1678–1755)
Date:
ca. 1745–49
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Gilt bronze
Dimensions:
45 1/2 × 21 1/2 in. (115.6 × 54.6 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
35.18
Not on view
This complicated and highly asymmetrical cartel clock incorporates imagery of Diana, goddess of the hunt. A master of rococo style, Jacques Caffieri was among the most important bronze casters during the reign of Louis XV. By royal privilege, Caffieri was allowed to cast and gild bronze objects in his workshop. According to strict guild regulations, these two processes were normally done under separate premises. The clock’s original movement has been lost.
Signature: Signed on face of clock: Ferdinand Berthoud/ à Paris

Signed on movement: Ferdinand Berthoud à Paris/ Année 1756

Engraved on the scroll forming the lower tip of clock: Caffieri fecit

Marking: Struck on scroll at top and on two scrolls at bottom: Crowned C [French control mark for bronze and alloyed metals, in use 1745–49]
Emanuel-Filiberto-Vittorio, Duc d'Aosta ; [ Seligmann, Rey & Co. , until 1935; sold to MMA ]
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