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Clock (France)

This is a Clock. It was made by Antoine-Andre Ravrio. 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 donated by Estate of Carl M. Loeb.

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

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Clock (France); Made by Antoine-Andre Ravrio (French, 1759–1814); fire-gilt bronze, blackened bronze, enameled metal (dial), blued steel (hands), glass; 1955-82-1

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