Movement by Lenoble (dates unknown)
Gilt-bronze mounts attributed to François Rémond (1747–1812)
31 5/8 x 19 3/8 x 8 1/4 in (80.3 x 49.2 x 21 cm)
French, Paris, c. 1790
This imposing clock exemplifies the role played by sculpture in the design of clock cases in late eighteenth-century France. Two caryatids in black bronze, draped in antique style, were modeled by an unknown sculptor who studied classical architecture. They support the upper part of a Greek temple, in the manner of the Erechtheion in Athens, built between 421 and 406 BC. Here the temple, interrupted by the clock dial, is chased and gilded by a talented craftsman, possibly François Rémond, who also executed the fabric that links the element of architecture with the caryatids’ heads, the mask of a sun god at the bottom of the pendulum, and the decoration at the base.