Mantel and Table Clocks

Table clock with musical movement

    Table clock with musical movement

    France, Paris

    circa 1780

    Metal (bronze), glass, silk; gilding, enameling, carving

    Height: 52 cm


    The case is made of gilded bronze. Rectangular stand with cast feet is decorated with foliate pattern. The stand side surfaces are ornated with landscape miniatures. A bridge over the river and a waterfall in the background are depicted on the front side. The rotating glass tubes insert imitates water streams. Oval medallions with pastoral scenes are on the lateral panels. A door decorated with the openwork metal lattice is on the case rear side.

    The stand upper part is made as a complex multi-figured composition: the pedestal of the clock is made in the form of fish, a reflective pond with swans is below, the openwork fence is along the top panel and four metallic figurines are mounted on the corner plinths.

    The clock case is decorated with a flower garland and figures of angels. The dial is white with black Roman and Arabic numerals, two figured hands, the inscription “Gudin / A Paris” and two keyholes.

    Clock with half an hour chime, eight bells playing four tunes are used in the movement. While the clock is chiming, the reflective pond with swans begins to rotate.


    Инв. 2666/ММП