Wall Clock (Pendule à répétition) (Full front)

Charles Voisin and Chantilly Porcelain Manufactory

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The Chantilly porcelain manufactory, established about 1725 by the Prince de Condé, made this ornate clock case of soft-paste porcelain. The prince owned a large collection of Japanese porcelain, which the factory used as models for its earliest productions. By the time this unique clock was made, the factory had developed its own whimsical interpretations of Asian motifs, combining an exotic dragon and monkey with European flowers.

Clock movements such as this one, designed for the alcoves of bedchambers (pendules d'alcove), were fitted with a cord that struck the nearest hour and a quarter when pulled. This mechanism eliminated the need to light a candle to tell the time.


  • Title: Wall Clock (Pendule à répétition) (Full front)
  • Creator: Charles Voisin, Chantilly Porcelain Manufactory
  • Date Created: about 1740
  • Location Created: Paris, France; Chantilly, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 74.9 × 35.6 × 11.1 cm (29 1/2 × 14 × 4 3/8 in.)
  • Type: Clock
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamel decoration; gilt bronze; enameled metal; glass
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 81.DB.81
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Clock movement by Charles Voisin (French, 1685 - 1761, master 1710) Chantilly Porcelain Manufactory (French, active about 1730 - 1805)
  • Classification: Decorative Art (Art Genre)

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