Mantel clock (pendule de cheminée)

Movement by the workshop of Julien Le Roy French
Case maker: Joseph Baumhauer French
Bronze figure from a model by Laurent Guiard

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 524

Laurent Guiard provided the model for the figure titled “Time’s Employment” adorning this clock. The design proved to be among the most popular in eighteenth-century France. One of the most inventive clockmakers of the time, and clockmaker to Louis XV, Le Roy contributed significantly to the development of the marine chronometer. After his death, his son Pierre Le Roy used his name, making it difficult to distinguish the work of father from son.

Mantel clock (pendule de cheminée), Movement by the workshop of Julien Le Roy (French, Tours 1686–1759 Paris), Case: gilded and patinated bronze on a base of oak veneered with ebony with gilded-bronze mounts; Dial: white enamel with black numerals; Movement: brass and steel, French, Paris

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