Chinoiserie Clock Case Clock Case, 1730–1733
This is a Clock case. It was attributed to Johann Gottlob Kirchner and manufactured by Meissen Porcelain Manufactory. It is dated 1730–1733 and we acquired it in 1955. Its medium is porcelain, vitreous enamel, gold, metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
The lantern shape of this clock is reminiscent of the structure of traditional oriental temples and houses, reference to China popular in porcelain decoration at the Meissen factory at this time. It reflected the Chinese origins of hard-paste porcelain which Meissen had been among the first to re-discover in Europe. The influence is also highlighted with the gilded scrollwork and chinoiserie scenes around the base and on the face of the clock, where European versions of traditionally dressed characters can be seen.
This object was
Irwin Untermyer, Esq..
It is credited
Gift of Irwin Untermyer.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 42.3 × 22.5 × 12 cm (16 5/8 × 8 7/8 × 4 3/4 in.)
It has the following markings
Back of clock, at base:  double crossed swords, painted in underglaze blue (Meissen Porcelain Manufactory mark) Underside (unglazed):  "9656" (?), painted  "2188", painted
It is signed
It is inscribed
Cite this object as
Chinoiserie Clock Case Clock Case, 1730–1733; Attributed to Johann Gottlob Kirchner (1706–1738); Germany; porcelain, vitreous enamel, gold, metal; H x W x D: 42.3 × 22.5 × 12 cm (16 5/8 × 8 7/8 × 4 3/4 in.); Gift of Irwin Untermyer; 1955-163-13