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Round clock between two columns with Egyptian figures and floral designs, on base with six feet and frieze of cupids; columns surmounted by sphinxes and clock by eagle on ball. Sunburst pendulum. Dial marked "Caillouet á Paris".

Marks

Movement signed by Caillouet, Paris

Provenance

1794-1796, probably acquired in Paris by James Swan, Boston, MA [see note 1]; after 1796, with his wife Hepzibah Clark Swan (d. 1825), Dorchester, MA; 1825, after her death, by inheritance to their daughter, Mrs. John C. Howard; by inheritance to her granddaughter, Miss Elizabeth Howard Bartol; 1927, bequeathed by Miss Elizabeth Howard Bartol. (Accession date: September 8, 1927) NOTES: [1] James Swan was a merchant established in Paris, and was appointed an official agent for the purchase of supplies in the United States in 1794 by the French Government. His partner was Johann-Caspar Schweizer, a Swiss. According to Howard Rice, the French Government placed at his disposal luxury goods to be exchanged in America for food supplies and war materials. The Swan and Schweizer agency shipped these articles to the United States between 1794-1795, where much of it was sold. However, this piece was among those that Swan kept for his personal use. See H. Rice "James Swan, Agent of the French Republic 1794-1796" The New England Quarterly, Vol. X, No. 3, Sept. 1937, p. 464-486.

Credit Line

Bequest of Miss Elizabeth Howard Bartol

French (Paris), about 1790

Object Place

France

Dimensions

73 cm (28 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

27.522

Medium or Technique

Marble, gilt bronze, enamel, glass

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Furniture