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Clock (pendule à console)

Movement by Louis Mÿnüel (French, about 1675/80–1742)
Case attributed to Charles Cressent (French, Amiens 1685–1768 Paris)
ca. 1720–23
French, Paris
Case: oak veneered with brass and tortoiseshell with gilded-bronze mounts; Dial: gilded brass and enamel
Overall: 38 1/4 × 22 1/2 × 9 1/2 in. (97.2 × 57.2 × 24.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1961
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551
French cabinetmaker Charles Cressent broke Paris guild restrictions by making his own bronze fittings for furniture and clocks instead of going to bronze founders. Among the bronzes seized from his workshop in 1723 were figures of Leda and the Swan to be “placed below the dial” and a sphinx to be “used at the foot of a clock.” These decorative mounts are similar to those on this clock case, which also features a bronze Cupid holding a scythe, symbolizing Love conquering Time.
Signature: Signed on enamel plaque below dial: MYNUEL/ A PARIS;
Engraved on back of dial, in script: Mynuel A Paris

Inscription: Sticker on back of case: Bissey; painted on back of dial: 1946/ FD
baron Maurice de Rothschild , Switzerland ; Anonymous (until 1957; "Madame X" sale catalogue, Galerie Charpentier, April 6, 1957, no. 61); [ Mr. Bissey (by 1960) ] ; [ Arts de France et de Chine , until 1961; sold to MMA ]
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