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Table clock: MAR.M.205-1912

Object information

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Clockmaker: Jolly
Case maker: uncertain




Table clock with 8 day circular movement. Late Louis XV design representing the rape of Europa. Drum supported on the back of a bull led by Europe and followed by Cupid, standing on an elaborately scrolled base

Dial: One piece white enamel dial with black markings, roman numerals for the hours and arabic ones for every five minutes. Elaborately pierced and shaped gilt brass hands. Signed in the dial centre ‘JOLLY A PARIS'.

Movement: 8 day circular movement striking hours and half hours on a bell. The original silk suspension for the pendulum replaced with a Brocot type adjustable spring suspension on a new back cock.

Case: Of late Louis XV design and representing the Rape of Europa. The almost symmetrical rococo ormolu base carries two ormolu figures, Cupid and attendant maid or nymph, and the bronze bull. The latter carries the restrained rococo ormolu clock surround which is surmounted by the figure of Europa. As the whole case is of very fine quality, although it is not signed, it could perhaps be attributed to Saint-Germain.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 55.4 cm
Height: 21 7/8 in

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


3rd quarter 18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1770

School or Style


Components of the work

Figure composed of ormolu bronze
Base composed of ormolu

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: In middle of dial
  • Method of creation: Enamelled in black
  • Type: Signature

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.205-1912
Primary reference Number: 167422
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 27 June 2018 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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