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Mantel clock

Clockmaker: Franz Xavier Gegenreiner (German, active 1760–70)
Case maker: Johann Andreas Thelot (German, 1655–1734)
case ca. 1710, movement ca. 1760–70
German, Augsburg
Case: tortoiseshell backed with brass leaf, pearwood veneered with rosewood; and partly gilded silver; Movement: gilded brass and steel
Overall: 31 3/4 × 17 × 11 1/4 in. (80.6 × 43.2 × 28.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533
Thelot's ancestors were French Huguenots who emigrated from Dijon in 1585. He became one of the most celebrated goldsmiths in Augsburg, a city renowned for its metalwork in silver and silver gilt. The reliefs on this case depict the goddess Venus at her toilette (top), Venus and Diana (right), Venus and Mars (bottom), and Venus at the forge of Vulcan (left). The present quarter-striking movement, with an alarm and a repeating mechanism, is the work of a competent but comparatively unknown clockmaker, and it was probably fitted to this extraordinary case at some time in the second half of the eighteenth century.
Signature: Case, incised on left plaque, on anvil; and on bottom plaque, beneath kneeling Cupid: J. A. Thelot

Signed on the back plate of the movement: Xaveri Gegenreiner / Augsburg

Marking: On each of four main silver plaques: [1] weevil (French mark for gold and silver imported articles, in use 1836–64)
Baroness James de Rothschild , London (by 1912) ; [ J. & S. Goldschmidt , Frankfurt and London ] ; William Randolph Hearst (until 1941; sale, Hammer Galleries, New York, held at Gimbel Brothers, New York, March 25, 1941, no. 1164-3); [ sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries , New York, November 22, 1946, no. 102; sold to MMA ]
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