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Presented to J. C. Batellier de Vitry-sur-Marne, second year of the Republic. Sèvres porcelain, octagonal form with red marbleized surface at sides and oak leaf decoration; dial painting in red, black and gold; red cap and other modern bronze gnomon.


1793, created for Jean-César Battelier (b. 1752 - d. 1808), Vitry-sur-Marne, France. By 1922, Helen Kortright (Mrs. Randolph Morgan) Appleton (b. 1864), Boston; by descent to her daughters, Madeleine Appleton (Mrs. Alfred Vincent) Kidder (b. 1891), Cambridge, Julia Appleton (Mrs. Charles Sumner) Bird (b. 1894), East Walpole, MA, and Sybil Appleton (Mrs. Oliver) Wolcott (b. 1899); 1980, gift of Julia Bird, Madeleine Kidder, and Sybil Wolcott to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 10, 1980)

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Gift of Julia Bird, Madeleine Kidder, and Sybil Wolcott

French, 1794–95

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Height: 3.8cm (1 1/2in.) Diameter: 28.6cm (11 1/4in.)

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Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration




Ceramics, Porcelain