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Clock - Love helps to pass the time
  • Love helps to pass the time
    Houdon, Jean-Antoine, born 1741 - died 1828
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Love helps to pass the time

  • Object:

    Clock

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1819 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Houdon, Jean-Antoine, born 1741 - died 1828 (sculptor)
    Nast's porcelain factory - Rue des Amandiers (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Biscuit porcelain with gilt-bronze mounts

  • Credit Line:

    Given by René de l'Hôpital

  • Museum number:

    C.1437-1924

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 26, shelf 4 []

This clock is modeled after a sculpture by the French artist Jean-Antonine Houdon entitled L'amour fait passer le Temps (‘Love helps to pass the time’). It depicts Cupid (the god of desire in classical mythology) steering Chronus, the personification of time, through choppy waters. It is made of biscuit porcelain, favoured by neo-classical sculptors as it mimics white marble.

Physical description

Clock modelled of biscuit porcelain with gilt-bronze mounts. Mounts: The dial is inscribed 'à Paris'

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1819 (made)

Artist/maker

Houdon, Jean-Antoine, born 1741 - died 1828 (sculptor)
Nast's porcelain factory - Rue des Amandiers (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Biscuit porcelain with gilt-bronze mounts

Descriptive line

Porcelain clock modelled as 'L'amour fait passer le Temps' (Love helps to pass the time), Nast's porcelain factory, Paris, ca. 1819

Labels and date

Proposed label text for gallery 101 (not installed)

Clock
Around 1819

This clock is modeled after a sculpture by the French artist Jean-Antonine Houdon entitled L'amour fait passer le Temps (‘Love helps to pass the time’). It depicts Cupid (the god of desire in classical mythology) steering Chronus, the personification of time, through choppy waters. It is made of biscuit porcelain, favoured by neo-classical sculptors as it mimics white marble.

France, Paris; manufactured by Nast’s porcelain factory
Biscuit porcelain with gilded bronze mounts

Museum no. C.1437-1924
Given by René de l'Hôpital

[09/03/2017]
Gallery 128 Decant 2003

The figure subject is after a sculpture by J. A. Houdon (1740-1828). [07/06/2004]

Production Note

The model is illustrated among the porcelains shown by Nast at the exhibition of 1819: see Régine de Plinval-Salgues, La Ceramique Française aux Expositions Industrielles, Cahiers de la Ceramique du Verre ..., no 22, p. 87, figures 1-2. The figure subject is after a sculpture by J. A. Houdon (1740-1828).

Materials

Biscuit; Gilt bronze

Techniques

Gilded

Subjects depicted

Boats; Time; Putti; Love

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain; Figures & Decorative ceramics; Clocks & Watches

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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