Mantel clock ("Pendule Clio")

Clockmaker: Jean-André Lepaute French
Clockmaker: Jean-Baptiste Lepaute French

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French eighteenth-century clocks are among the most lavish ever made, requiring the collaboration of clockmakers, bronze founders, gilders, and others. Lepaute worked with the renowned sculptors Clodion, Augustin Pajou, and Jean-Antoine Houdon, who probably made the models for this clock. Like the Pendule Uranie (29.180.2), the model for this clock is mentioned in Jean-André Lepaute’s 1766 publication and described as the Pendule Clio (Muse of History).

Mantel clock ("Pendule Clio"), Clockmaker: Jean-André Lepaute (French, 1720–1789), Case: patinated and gilded bronze, and patinated copper (?); Dial: white enamel; Movement: brass and steel, French, Paris

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