- Gallery Text
Vaillant made the internal mechanism for this clock and signed the face of its dial. The case, manufactured after another artist’s design, features one of the Moirai (Fates) from Greek mythology: Clotho, who spins the thread of life. This neoclassical depiction of the deity, shown crossing her legs and turning to the right, derives from Italian baroque examples. The natural elements in the rest of the iconography unite the theme of time with the cycle of life. A clock with this identical case, with a movement by a different clockmaker, once graced the bedroom of Napoleon’s son, the king of Rome, and is currently housed in the Élysée Palace in Paris. A variant of this case by another artist was also produced in blue-and-white ceramic, with gilded bronze details.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Louis-Jacques Vaillant, French (d. c. 1820)
Case by Unidentified Artist
- Mantel Clock with the Figure of Clotho
- Work Type
- c. 1810
- Creation Place: Europe, France, Paris
- Persistent Link
Level 2, Room 2220, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, Rococo and Neoclassicism in the Eighteenth Century
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- Physical Descriptions
- Patinated bronze with gilded mounts
- 43.2 x 29.2 x 12.7 cm (17 x 11 1/2 x 5 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
- inscription: on dial: Vaillant à Paris
- Daniel P. S. Paul, Miami Florida, (by 1980 - 2010) bequest; to Harvard Art Museums 2010.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Dan Paul
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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- Mantel clock crowned by a figure of Clotho seated on a fountain with a dog by her side.
- Exhibition History
32Q: 2220 18th-19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
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