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Date: 1860-1870
Medium: Gilded cast metal, porcelain
Overall: 21 1/4 x 19 x 6in. (54 x 48.3 x 15.2cm)
Markings: Impressed mark on back of movement: "H & F/ PARIS/ 6854." Mark may be that of the finisher of the movement or of the retailer.
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 60.143.1-3
Label Text
During the nineteenth century tasteful French, and later American, interiors showcased ornate ormolu-mounted (gilded bronze) porcelain, often in the form of mantel garnitures. This ornate garniture flaunts the skills of a clockmaker, a porcelain manufacturer, and a metal smith. Hand-painted porcelain with music imagery highlights the sculptural set, which features three-dimensional ormolu figures and foliage. The forms of all three pieces in the set are classically inspired, the base of the clock recalling a Greek temple. The functionality of the pieces is secondary to the rich ornamentation and role as a status symbol.