Mantel clock (horloge de cheminée)

Case by Jean-Joseph de Saint Germain French
Movement by Charles Leroy French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 529

The asymmetrical scrolling base and the use of exotic figures places this clock in the realm of the chinoiserie, extremely fashionable in mid-eighteenth-century France. Jean Joseph de Saint-Germain, one of the most admired bronziers at the time, created and signed a number of gilt-bronze clock cases of this model but with variations. A member of the successful Le Roy dynasty of horlogiers, Charles Le Roy made a number of movements for cases by Saint Germain.

Mantel clock (horloge de cheminée), Case by Jean-Joseph de Saint Germain (French, 1719–1791), Gilded and chased bronze; white enamel, French

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