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Clock and Pedestal

Maker
movement by Jean Godde, French, 1668–1748
Date
c.1710–20
Material
Gilded bronze, brass, tortoiseshell, ebony, wood, glass, and enamel
Made in
Paris, Île-de-France, France, Europe
Classification
Furniture, timepieces & measuring devices
Current Location
On View, Gallery 124
Dimensions
99 3/8 in. × 21 3/8 in. × 12 in. (252.4 × 54.3 × 30.5 cm)
Clock and plinth: 48 × 20 1/2 × 9 3/16 in. (121.9 × 52.1 × 23.3 cm)
Pedestal: 50 1/2 × 21 1/4 × 12 in. (128.3 × 54 × 30.5 cm)
Credit Line
Friends Fund
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
32:1989a-g
NOTES
Roman architecture and mythology inspired the design and decoration of this elaborate clock and its pedestal. At the top of the dome, a bearded man carries a scythe, symbolic of the concept of Time. Beneath the dial’s Roman numeral XII is the sun, a reference to Apollo, god of light, in addition to the Sun King, Louis XIV of France. Minerva, goddess of Wisdom, is shown below the clock’s face with a crane, representative of her vigilance.
- 1858
David Falcke, London, England [1]

1858/04/19
At auction, "Catalogue of the Magnificent Collection of Works of Art and Vertu Formed by Mr. David Falcke," Christie & Manson, London, England, April 19, 1858, lot nos. 1400 (clock), 1401 (pedestal) [2]

1985/12/05
At auction, "Tableaux anciens, porcelaines -- porcelaines montées, objets d'art et de très bel ameublement," Ader Picard Tajan, Paris, France, December 5, 1985, lot no. 105 [3]

- 1989
Maurice Segoura Antiquaire, Paris, France

1989 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Maurice Segoura Antiquaire [4]

Notes:
[1] See note [2].

[2] See "Catalogue of the Magnificent Collection of Works of Art and Vertu Formed by Mr. David Falcke," Christie & Manson, London, England, April 19, 1858, lot nos. 1400, 1401.

[3] See catalogue "Tableaux anciens, porcelaines -- porcelaines montées, objets d'art et de très bel ameublement," Ader Picard Tajan, Paris, France, December 5, 1985, lot no. 105.

[4] Invoice dated March 9, 1989 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, April 25, 1989.
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