- Paris, c. 1735–40
- Oak and exotic woods; bronze; enamel; glass
- Inv. 195
This clock’s case, in rocaille style, is exceptional both for the superb marquetry, showing floral motifs, and the exceptionally rich chased and gilt bronzes, culminating in the allegorical scene with in-the-round sculpted figures at the top of the piece. The upper section, or ‘head’, consists of the enamelled face, whose three hands show the hours, minutes and seconds, and contains the mechanism. The central section allows the pendulum to move, as can be seen through an oculus, while the lower section houses the weights that make the mechanism work.
Long-case clocks with very long pendulums were called regulators because they were so accurate that other clocks could be set by them. The dynamically curving form of this piece is perfect for the technical requirements of the movement inside.
Polovstoff Collection; Hodgskins Collection. Acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian from Duveen, Paris, April 1924.
Alexandre Pradère, 'Meubles Français. La qualité qu’exigeait Gulbenkian', Connaissanse des Arts, no. 446, April 1989, p. 48–61 (p. 54, colourpl.).
A Arte do Retrato. Quotidiano e Circunstância, exhibition catalogue. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 1999, p. 138–9, no. 47.
Maria Isabel Pereira Coutinho, 18th-Century French Furniture. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 1999, p. 149–51, no. 10.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 2001, p. 119, cat. 93.