clock, table

horologer: Jean David Maillardet (Swiss, b.1748, d.1834);  in the manner of; 

circa 1815
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clock, automata, figure 'Pendule au Nègre' under glass dome featuring a portly African with a nodding head and right arm raising to smoke his long pipe. The figure is clothed in a late Empire style gilded ceremonial livery of a ruffled shirt, gilet and long, caped mantle, embellished with rosettes, trimmed with garlands, tasselled pantaloons and red lacquer boots. He has golden earrings and diamond studded armlets. the circular convex clock dial with Roman numerals is mounted on the stomach of the figure. Roman hours, Breguet hands, the fourche-level pendulum swings behind the figure. The clock is to the centre of the figure which has a moving head and eyes. Rosewood musical box base.

Automata clock featuring a portly African with a nodding head and right arm raising to smoke his long pipe. The figure is clothed in a late Empire style gilded ceremonial livery of a ruffled shirt, gilet and long, caped mantle, embellished with rosettes, trimmed with garlands, tasselled pantaloons and red lacquer boots. He has golden earrings and diamond studded armlets. The circular convex clock dial with Roman numerals is mounted on the stomach of the figure. Roman hours, Breguet hands, the fourche-level pendulum swings behind the figure.

The figure of was previously described as depicting François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803) who led the successful revolution of the Haitians against Napoleon. Current discussions however reattribute the figure as more in line with representations of le nègre or le nègre fumeur especially in relation to depictions in 19th century French fine, decorative, horological and commercial arts.
Maker and role
horologer: Jean David Maillardet (Swiss, b.1748, d.1834)
in the manner of
Production place
Switzerland
Production date
circa 1815
Media description
bronze, rosewood, gilt-bronze (ormolu), glass, wood
Measurements
640 x 310 x 140 mm
Measurement details
height: 640mm
width: 310mm
depth: 140mm
Credit line
Foundation Collection, 1989
Project credit line
This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
Accession number
A0494

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