attributed to Pierre Phillipe Thomire / Clock with Vestals / about 1785attributed to Pierre Phillipe Thomire
Clock with Vestals
about 1785

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Creator Name: Thomire, Pierre Phillipe
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Manufacturer
Creator Dates/Places: 1751 - 1843
Creator Name-CRT: attributed to Pierre Phillipe Thomire
Creator Name: Sauvageot
Creator Role: manufacturer of clockworks
Creator Name-CRT: Sauvageot
Title: Clock with Vestals
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1783
Creation End Date: 1787
Creation Date: about 1785
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: mantel clock
Materials and Techniques: marble, bronze, gilt
Dimensions: H.20-1/2 x W.25-1/2 x D.7 in.
Inscriptions: INSCRIPTION
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 82.25
Credit Line: Gift of the Groves Foundation

The form of this clock, with two vestals carrying an altar upon a stretcher, was inspired by an engraving by the painter Hubert Robert, published in 1771-73. This collection of Robert's engravings was dedicated to the queen of France, Marie-Antoinette, and an almost identical clock, made by Thomire, was made for the queen's bathroom in the Tuileries in Paris. Fifteen clocks of this design are known today, some with bronze or gilt bronze vestals and others gilt bronze or Sèvres porcelain plaques on the altars.

AMICA ID: MIA_.82.25
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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