This monumental clock is one of four early eighteenth-century "Clocks of the Four Continents," so named because of the sumptuous gilt-bronze half-length figures—representing Africa, Europe, Asia, and America—surrounding the face. A gilt-bronze plaque on the pedestal shows Hercules relieving Atlas of the weight of the world. The case and pedestal are attributed to André-Charles Boulle, who popularized the technique of tortoiseshell and metal marquetry at the French court. The enameled plaque below the dial is inscribed "Julien Le Roy"; he provided the works for the clock.
Maker workshop of Andre-Charles Boulle and his sons, French, 1642-1732
Maker after Gilles-Marie Oppenord, French, 1672-1742
Collaborator Le Roy Julien David, French, 1724-1803
Title
  • Pedestal Clock
Date ca. 1720
Medium carcass of oak with veneer of tortoiseshell, tortoiseshell and brass marquetry, and gilt-bronze mounts
Dimensions Overall: 110 1/4 × 27 1/8 × 13 1/2 inches (280 × 68.9 × 34.3 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Horace E. Dodge Memorial Fund, Josephine and Ernest Kanzler Fund and J. Lawrence Buell, Jr. Fund
Accession Number 1984.87
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View Fashionable Living: S330.3, Level 3 (see map)
Inscriptions Inscribed enamel plaque below clock face: JULIEN / LE ROY
Anthony J. Drexel, II (1864-1934), London, c. 1895-1915;
D. L. Isaacs (dealer), London, 1915;
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Langfeldt, Langenesbygd, Norway (by descent from Mrs. Langfeldt's father - name unknown - who bought it from D.L. Isaacs c. 1915);
Alexander & Berendt Ltd. (dealer), London, 1981
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