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Mantel Clock

Date: 1782-1783
Dimensions:
25 3/8 x 18 1/2 x 7 1/8 in. (64.5 x 47 x 18.1 cm.)
Medium: gilt bronze, porcelain, glass, enamel, brass, steel, painting on ivory
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. The Arabella D. Huntington Memorial Art Collection.
Marks: Plaque with cherub bears the date letter for 1782. There is an unclear date letter on the bottom center plaque. From right to left, top to bottom: 1: Black cross on top of plaque; below the cross, haut bordure verte 2: Black cross on top of plaque; below the cross, may be "haut bordure verte" 3: (cherub) Black cross on top of plaque; below the cross, haut / bordure / verte / 2000 / two interlacing 'E's / 'K' 4: This plaque is marked upside down. Black cross on bottom of plaque; above the cross, haut bordure verte, written upside down. 5: very difficult to see 'v' 6: Black cross, haut bordure vert, very faded. 7: Black cross, haut bordure vert, very faded. 8: (rooster) Black cross / haut / bordure / vert / cp / dare mark (EE interlaced), fleur. 9: (upside down?) black cross 10: (upside down?) black cross There are pencil marks, different from other marks, on 9 &10.
Object Number: 27.110
Label Text:This clock, the most significant in the Huntington collection, has an esteemed pedigree. It was made for Prince Maximilian of Hapsburg, the last elector and archbishop of Cologne, who is depicted in the upper medallion wearing ermine-trimmed robes. As brother to Marie-Antoinette of France, Maximilian developed a taste for Parisian luxury goods, particularly porcelain-mounted objects like this clock. Bought by Henry Huntington over a century later, it became a most suitable addition to the memorial collection he formed in honor of his wife Arabella, a devotee of the ill-fated queen.
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