Wall clock with bracket
On View In:
Gallery 314
Artist:   attributed to Charles Cressent
Abraham Gudin
Jacques Gudin
André Charles Boulle  
Title:   Wall clock with bracket  
Date:   c. 1725  
Medium:   Gilt bronze, tortoise shell, brass marquetry, wood  
Dimensions:   33 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (85.09 x 36.2 cm) (a, clock) 15 1/2 x 18 1/4 in. (39.37 x 46.36 cm) (d, wall bracket)  
Credit Line:   Gift of the Groves Foundation  
Location:   Gallery 314  

The case of this clock, or pendule en cartel, is attributed to one of the foremost French eighteenth-century cabinetmakers, Charles Cressent. The clock with bracket form is based on designs by André Charles Boulle (1642-1732), royal cabinetmaker to Louis XIV of France. Boulle also excelled at a type of marquetry using tortoiseshell and brass, which can be seen on the bracket of this clock. Thin sheets of tortoiseshell and brass were laid on top of one another and a design was traced and cut out through the two layers, creating two sets of the pattern. The brass could be used as the primary decoration, with tortoiseshell as a background, as on this bracket, or vice versa. The exhuberant gilt brass case of this clock displays organic motifs characteristic of the rococo style, which flourished during the reign of Louis XV.

Name:   Cressent, Charles  
Role:   Maker  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1685-1768  
Name:   Gudin, Abraham  
Role:   Maker  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French  
Name:   Gudin, Jacques  
Role:   Maker  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, active 1762-1789  
Name:   Boulle, André Charles  
Role:   Designer  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1642-1732  

Object Description  
Classification:   Horology  
Physical Description:   a. clock; b. wood piece to cover clock bell; c. cupid which surmounts bell; d. wall bracket  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , ,  
Accession #:   80.1a-d  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts