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Porcelain Clock

Porcelain Clock

Inv. No. CE1/00521

This mantel clock is made from porcelain with polychrome and golden glaze. It is composed of two separate parts. The lower part has a face with a mechanism known as a "Paris" mechanism in clock making. Underneath the clock face, there is a small, medieval scene in polychrome and embossed flowers and rocks. On the upper part, there is a group consisting of a lady on horseback with her page and a dog, clearly inspired by the Middle Ages and characteristic of the historicist period. The piece sits upon a wooden base with a layer of velvet. Originally, it was covered by a glass bell jar.

The 19th century was characterised by a return to previous styles and an eclecticism that combined contrasting decorative motifs and themes. In the case of this particular clock, it is decorated with a medieval scene that is combined with a Neo-Rococo style, evident in the choice of pastel colours, curved lines, rocaille (also known as rockwork) and the abundance of decorative details.

The mid-19th century porcelain is likely to be Bohemian. However, other clocks with identical structures also exist (for example, a base with scroll feet and a small medallion with a painted scene below the clock face and an upper part with a scene appearing on a round shape), which come from different European manufacturers, such as Fontainebleau, Limoges and Turin.

Item displayed in the Daily Dressing Room, first floor.

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