Gold, diamond, ruby and turquoise boudoir clock by Magnen


The unusual design of this elegant boudoir clock was inspired by 18th century French silverware, in a style often commissioned by the aristocracy.


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This exquisite boudoir clock is crafted in gold and takes the form of a scene of a putto pushing a wheelbarrow. The putto wears a yoke around his shoulders which is set with diamonds, and the wheelbarrow that he pushes is laden with a golden barrel set with precious stones. The clock face is set to one end of the barrel, and features a gold dial with foliate scrolls and Roman numerals. The clock is fitted with a gilt watch movement which is signed 'Magnen, Paris'. Behind the barrel is a gold urn which features a diamond stopper that serves as the key. A whippet dog runs alongside the wheelbarrow with ruby-set eyes and a diamond collar. The entire scene is mounted onto a green hardstone base.

The design of this unusual timepiece is based on the well-known silver mustard pots by Antoine-Sebastien Durand, Paris, 1750, made for Mme. de Pomadour, now in the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

Sotheby's New York, sale N08671 on 27 October 2010, lot 36; Sotheby's Geneva, sale 1968.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
c. 1900
Early 20th Century
Louis XV
Diamond, Gold, Ruby, Turquoise
Blue, Gold


12 cm / 4.7 inches


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