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Clock

Clock

  • Place of origin:

    France (case, made)
    London (John Moore and Son are recorded as working in London from 1828 to 1868 (Brian Loomes. <u>Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World</u>, 2006)

  • Date:

    ca. 1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Moore & Son (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilt bronze, cast and chased to a very high standard

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr John Willson

  • Museum number:

    361-1901

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 1, case CA9

This clock, in the form of a trophy, is typical of the Empire taste for military themes derived from classical art. The maker is unknown, but the exceptional quality of the casting and finishing is evident in the minuscule detail, the careful contrast in the chasing textures, and the mirror-like burnishing. The English dial and movement are probably later in date than the case which is probably French

Physical description

Wall clock, gilt bronze, cast and chased, in the form of a trophy for suspension, the central shield bearing the dial surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves, below is an eagle grasping a thunderbolt. Above a two plumed helments surmounted respectively by an eagle and a griffin; behind are fasces, four standards, two short swords and branches of oak and laurel. Casting and finishing of exceptional quality, with minuscule detail, careful contrast in the chasing textures and mirror-like burnishing.

Place of Origin

France (case, made)
London (John Moore and Son are recorded as working in London from 1828 to 1868 (Brian Loomes. Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, 2006)

Date

ca. 1810 (made)

Artist/maker

John Moore & Son (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gilt bronze, cast and chased to a very high standard

Marks and inscriptions

'John Moore & Son'
On movement and dial

Dimensions

Height: 115 cm, Width: 74 cm, Depth: 13 cm, Weight: 38.5 kg

Object history note

This clock, in the form of a trophy, is typical of the Empire taste for military themes derived from classical art. The maker is unknown, but the exceptional quality of the casting and finishing is evident in the minuscule detail, the careful contrast in the chasing textures, and the mirror-like burnishing. The English dial and movement are probably later in date than the case.

Descriptive line

Clock, movement and dial by John Moore & Son; case France, ca. 1810

Labels and date

Wall Clock
Case about 1810; movement about 1830

Gilded bronze was an important element in fashionable Empire interiors, used for clocks, candelabra and fire ornaments. Clock cases were designed as small-scale sculpture. This case is exceptionally fine. The chasing or chiselling gives life to the surface and creates a contrast between highly burnished areas and others that are matt or textured. [2006-2016]
This clock, in the form of a trophy, is typical of the Empire taste for military themes derived from classical art. The maker is unknown, but the exceptional quality of the casting and finishing is evident in the minuscule detail, the careful contrast in the chasing textures, and the mirror-like burnishing. The English dial and movement are probably later in date than the case. [1987-2006]

Production Note

The maker of the case is unknown. The attribution date refers to the case. Movement and dial bear the name of John Moore & Son, Clerkenwell, London (active about 1824 to 1842).

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Gilding; Casting; Chasing

Subjects depicted

Oak leaf; Shields (motifs); Eagles (birds); Laurel (foliage)

Categories

Metalwork; Clocks & Watches

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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