Elegant French furnishings adorned the Washingtons' households at New York, Philadelphia, and Mount Vernon. This expensive Louis XVI-style mantel clock, ornamented with a glittering ormolu (or gilded brass) pagoda-like finial above a pair of griffins' heads and pendulum with radiant cherub's face, is likely the "Clock/ On the Chimney" listed among their private purchases for the President's House in Philadelphia. It later kept time in the Washingtons' bedchamber at Mount Vernon, where it appears in both George and Martha Washingtons' estate inventories valued at $100. More





  • Probably retailed - United States
  • Made - France


Stone, ebonized wood, ormolu, porcelain, enamel, gilt, brass, steel


Overall: 19 7/8 in. x 13 1/4 in. x 3 3/4 in. (50.48 cm x 33.66 cm x 9.53 cm)


Gift of Mrs. George W. Woodward, Vice Regent for Kentucky, 1890


Painted near bottom on dial (in pink): "Bruel/ A PARIS". Engraved on the spring in the strike train barrel: "Nouginot, Juin 88".

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