Mantel clock

Maker: Clockmaker: Franz Xavier Gegenreiner (German, active 1760–70)

Maker: Case maker: Johann Andreas Thelot (German, 1655–1734)

Date: case ca. 1710, movement ca. 1760–70

Culture: German, Augsburg

Medium: Case: tortoiseshell backed with brass leaf, pearwood veneered with rosewood; and partly gilded silver; Movement: gilded brass and steel

Dimensions: Overall: 31 3/4 × 17 × 11 1/4 in. (80.6 × 43.2 × 28.6 cm)

Classification: Horology

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1946

Accession Number: 46.162


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.