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Clock

Clock
Smithsonian Museum
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Catalogue Status
Research in Progress
Description
Flat, trapezoidal base with four arches along bottom front edge. Base supports a stage-like interior surmounted by semi-circular pediment inset with clock. Interior features a large door back center decorated with winged Victories, and, on either side, draped windows. In center a woman seated in Empire-style chair plays a piano with winged griffon supports and upright music rack. Pediment is flanked by two griffins and surmounted by a pair of winged cherubs holding an octagonal plaque with a bust of Apollo. Circular clock face is enameled white, and is flanked by classical lyre trophies.
Maker
Antoine-Andre Ravrio, French, 1759–1814
Date
1807–10
Credit Line
Gift of the Estate of Carl M. Loeb
Medium
Fire-gilt bronze, blackened bronze, enameled metal (dial), blued steel (hands), glass
Type
timepieces & measuring devices
Decorative Arts
Clock