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Lot 1184
The Porter Family Washington Memorial ClockFrench, for the American market
signed Jean-Baptiste Dubuc, rue Michel-le-Compte, No. 33, A Paris, mainspring dated 1815.
Sold for US$ 51,240 inc. premium
Lot Details
The Porter Family Washington Memorial Clock
French, for the American market
signed Jean-Baptiste Dubuc, rue Michel-le-Compte, No. 33, A Paris, mainspring dated 1815.
The plinth with drapery swag cast with eulogy, "The First in WAR, First in PEACE / And in his COUNTRYMEN [sic] HEARTS," white enamel dial with blued steel breguet hands, two train circular movement with thread suspended pendulum to anchor escapement striking the hour and half hour on a bell by means of a count wheel.
height 15 1/2in (39cm)

Footnotes

  • By tradition, the clock was acquired in the early 19th century by the family of Captain Robert Porter Jr. (1730 – 1800) who served during the Revolutionary War as 1st Lieutenant in the 3rd Maryland Regiment and later as a Captain in the Susquehanna Batallion of the Cecil County Militia. It has remained in the Porter Family until the present time.

    The present clock can be dated with confidence to 1815 because of its inscribed mainspring. It is an example of the smaller of the two basic versions of the memorial clock. These generally incorporate a likeness of Washington based on the John Trumbull portrait of the General at the Battle of Trenton, published as a mezzotint by Valentine Green in 1783. A curious feature of these smaller clocks is the eulogy cast into the drapery below the dial, which paraphrases the famous quotation "First in war, First in Peace, First in the Hearts of his Countrymen" from Henry Lee's "Funeral Oration on the Death of General Washington."
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