Cocktails with a Curator: Clodion's "Dance of Time"

January 1, 2021

In this week’s episode of Cocktails with a Curator, toast the new year with Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon as he examines a masterpiece of both sculpture and clockmaking: The Dance of Time, by Clodion (Claude Michel) and Jean-Baptiste Lepaute. In this 18th-century timepiece, three terracotta nymphs or Hours dance in a circle around an exquisite mechanism enclosed in a glass globe. The Frick has one of the country’s most important collections of clocks, many of which came to the museum through a gift from Winthrop Kellogg Edey. Welcome 2021 by raising a Metropolitan cocktail—Happy New Year!

Cocktail Recipe

2 oz. brandy
1 oz. sweet vermouth
dash of bitters

Audiences under 21 are encouraged to join with a non-alcoholic drink.


Ginger Ale Hot Toddy
ginger ale
1 tablespoon of sugar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
warmed up
Serve with shredded fresh ginger


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