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© The Frick Collection
© The Frick Collection
Case: Balthazar Lieutaud  (active 1749 (?)–1780)
Bronze mounts: Philippe Caffiéri  (1714–1774)
Movement: Ferdinand Berthoud  (1727–1807)
Longcase Regulator Clock, 1767
Oak veneered with various woods including tulipwood, kingwood, and amaranth; gilt bronze, enamel, and marble
100 × 21 3/4 × 13 5/8 in. (254 × 55.2 × 34.6 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest
Accession number: 1915.5.46
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Commentary:

Ferdinand Berthoud’s highly accurate movement and the design of Balthazar Lieutaud and Philippe Caffiéri combined to produce this sophisticated clock for a patron of discerning taste. Lieutaud used only straight lines to construct the simple and elegant case and veneered it with precious, exotic woods such as tulipwood, kingwood, and ama­ranth. An early proponent of neoclassicism, Caffiéri designed the gilt bronzes in the purest neoclassical style with ornamental elements drawn from classical architecture and subjects from classical mythology. The sculptural group at the apex of the clock represents Apollo driving his chariot on his daily journey across the sky.

Source: Vignon, Charlotte. The Frick Collection Decorative Arts Handbook. New York: The Frick Collection/Scala, 2015.

Collections: Antoine Feyt, Paris (1790). Vicomte de Saint-Georges, Paris. Vicomtesse de Saint-Georges, Paris. Jacques Seligmann, Paris. J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York, 1902. Duveen. Frick, 1915.

Source: Furniture in The Frick Collection: Italian and French Renaissance, French 18th and 19th Centuries (Pt. I). Volume V. New York: The Frick Collection, 1992.