The clock was modeled by Johann-Joachim Kaendler, the Meissen Manufacturer’s most important modeler and designer (Note 2). Its rocaille style demonstrates the influence of the Rococo trend popularized by Parisian and German artists during the mid-eighteenth century.
The evolution of interior design during the eighteenth century fostered a demand for luxurious objects to display in a more intimate interior setting. This period is known for the opulence and richness of its ornaments. It testifies to the great impetus that struck the decorative arts of the time: the evolution of interior design in search of luxurious
The present mantle clock, made entirely of porcelain, is quite rare. Unlike most Parisian models of this period, which blended French or German porcelain with gilt bronze, the present example features a clock made entirely of porcelain. It serves as a showpiece to testify to the virtuosity of the artisans of Meissen. Very few such models are known today. Early examples of clocks made entirely of porcelain were discovered in 1727; one was made for Augustus II (1670-1733), and another for Princess Elisabeth of Russia (1709-1762). Some other examples can be found in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.
As recorded, a clock depicting Jupiter and Vulcan enchaining time that was formerly in the Didier Aaron collection (Illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Encyclopedie de la Pendule Française du Moyen Age au XXe siècle, Paris, 1997, p.150). A second clock, also featuring allegorical and mythological figures, was included in the sale of the Edouard Chappey collection (sold in Paris, Me Lair-Dubreuil, Galerie Georges Petit, April 29-May 3, 1907, lot 691). A further rocaille example that is stylistically close to the present model was formerly in the Edouard Chappey Collection (sold in Paris, Me Chevallier, June 5-7, 1907, lot 1235.
Dimension: Height: 45cm
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