attributed to Charles Cressent / Louis XV Wall Clock with Bracket / 1725 - 1730attributed to Charles Cressent
Louis XV Wall Clock with Bracket
1725 - 1730

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Creator Name: Cressent, Charles
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: casing
Creator Dates/Places: 1685 - 1768
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: attributed to Charles Cressent
Title: Louis XV Wall Clock with Bracket
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1725
Creation End Date: 1730
Creation Date: 1725 - 1730
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: ormolu, boule marquetry
Dimensions: H.33 x W.14 in.; bracket:H.15 x W.18 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 80.1a-d
Credit Line: Gift of the Groves Foundation

The case of this clock, or pendule en cartel, is attributed to one of the foremost French cabinetmakers, Charles Cressent. The clock with bracket form is based on designs by André Charles Boulle (1642-1732), royal cabinetmaker to the court of Louis XIV of France. Boulle also excelled at the type of marquetry using tortoiseshell and brass, which can be seen on the bracket of this clock and is known as boulle-work. Thin sheets of tortoiseshell and brass were laid on top of one another; a design was traced and cut out through the two layers, creating two sets of the pattern. The brass could be used as the primary decoration, with tortoiseshell as a background, as on this bracket, or vice versa.

The exuberant gilt brass case of this clock displays early rococo or Louis XV style design, which begins to reveal the unrestrained use of organic motifs. Cressent became famous for his rococo gilt bronze mounts, as seen on the commode displayed beneath the clock.

AMICA ID: MIA_.80.1a-d
Component Measured: a-c only
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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