Exhibitions/ Art Object

Clock (pendule)

Movement by Benjamin Gray (British, 1676–1764)
and Justin Vulliamy (British, 1712–1797)
Case by Chantilly Porcelain Manufactory (French)
ca. 1745
British, London with French, Chantilly case
Case: soft-paste porcelain and gilded bronze; Dial: painted enamel; Movement: brass and steel
Overall (confirmed): 11 11/16 × 9 3/4 × 6 in. (29.7 × 24.8 × 15.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Irwin Untermyer, 1973
Accession Number:
Not on view
French rococo clocks were often decorated with porcelain figures attached to the case with gilded-bronze mounts. Porcelain cases made specifically to accommodate clock movements, such as this, were less common. They were prized in England as well as in France. Benjamin Gray was appointed clockmaker to King George II in 1742. In 1743, he went into partnership with his future son-in-law, Justin Vulliamy, producing a number of clocks for their royal patron and his successor.
Signature: Signed on movement: Benj : Gray / Just : Vulliamy / London
Irwin Untermyer (until 1973; bequeathed to MMA)
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