This is a clock. It was made by Antoine-Andre Ravrio. It is dated 1807–10 and we acquired it in 1955. Its medium is fire-gilt bronze, blackened bronze, enameled metal (dial), blued steel (hands), glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
This object is a rare and possibly unique example of a small group of clocks showing a piano by Ravrio, a famous clockmaker. This clock is said to represent Empress Josephine seated at the newly fashionable piano at her recently decorated residence, Malmaison. Her influence on her son, Eugène de Beauharnais, in the decorative styles he favored seems clear from looking at this clock and the surtout de table.
This object was
Estate of Carl M. Loeb.
It is credited
Gift of the Estate of Carl M. Loeb.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 56 x 49.7 x 18.5cm (22 1/16 x 19 9/16 x 7 5/16in.)
It is inscribed
Inscribed on clock face: "a Paris"
Cite this object as
Clock (France); Made by Antoine-Andre Ravrio (French, 1759–1814); fire-gilt bronze, blackened bronze, enameled metal (dial), blued steel (hands), glass; H x W x D: 56 x 49.7 x 18.5cm (22 1/16 x 19 9/16 x 7 5/16in.); Gift of the Estate of Carl M. Loeb; 1955-82-1