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Empire Clock

Decorative Arts

On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Landscape/Colony to Nation, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Gilded bronze, marble, enamel
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1800
    DIMENSIONS 33 1/2 x 26 x 9 1/4 in. (8.5 x 66.0 x 23.2 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed on clock face: "Henry Voisin A - Paris"
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    ACCESSION NUMBER 39.438a
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Frederick A. Yenni
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Henri Voison (French, active early 19th century). Empire Clock, ca. 1800. Gilded bronze, marble, enamel, 33 1/2 x 26 x 9 1/4 in. (8.5 x 66.0 x 23.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Frederick A. Yenni, 39.438a. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE front, 39.438a_front_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Clock, Empire style. Case is gilt bronze, square construction with applied decoration of stars, wreaths and ribbons, surrounding a white enamel face with without glass covering. The face is inscribed. The clock case rests on a slab of marble and has to its proper right a mythological figure with one arm on top of the clock and holding a harp. To the proper left is a flame torchiere resting on a tricorn base decorated by three rams heads. A gold laurel wreath is leaning against the base of the torchiere. Condition: Good.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (80%)
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