Clock (pendule à console), Clockmaker: probably Jean-Philippe Gosselin (French, recorded as master in Paris 1717, died 1766), Case: bronze, formerly gilded, silvered or lacquered; dial: white enamel, with black numerals; movement: brass and steel, French, Paris

Clock (pendule à console)

Maker:
Clockmaker: probably Jean-Philippe Gosselin (French, recorded as master in Paris 1717, died 1766)
Maker:
Case maker: Jean-Joseph de Saint Germain (French, 1719–1791)
Date:
ca. 1750
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Case: bronze, formerly gilded, silvered or lacquered; dial: white enamel, with black numerals; movement: brass and steel
Dimensions:
Overall: 16 × 12 in. (40.6 × 30.5 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Bequest of Ogden Mills, 1929
Accession Number:
37.160.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551
Ornamental bronzes—which are easily cast from molds and made to simulate solid gold or, occasionally, solid silver by the application of thin layers of precious metals—were ubiquitous in the décor and furnishings of an eighteenth-century French palace, townhouse, or château. This clock, signed by one of the most admired bronze founder-chasers, Jean-Joseph de Saint Germain, has lost all of its original gilding but preserves the undulating scrolls interspersed with floral motifs that are characteristic of French rococo design at its liveliest.

[Clare Vincent, 2007]
Signature: Case signed (on back of leg): ST Germain [Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain (1719–1791)]

Dial signed: GOSSELIN / APARIS [probably Jean-Philippe Gosselin (recorded 1717, d. 1766)]

Movement signed: Gosselin AParis

Inscription: Numbered on movement: 994

Marking: Impressed on left back leg: ST GERMAIN; four attached foliate sprays at sides and top: two on left stamped G and *G* respectively, near screw holes; that on right, D; that on top, H (probably for gauche, droit, haut); corresponding marks near screw holes on main body of case.
Ogden Mills (until 1929; bequeathed to MMA)