Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Precious Time: The Jean-Pierre Latz Clock, 1735-1740

Rococo Clock
Jean-Pierre Latz
The Royal Collection

King George IV collected a variety of different objects, but he was always quite passionate about those which had some connection to France. In 1816, while still Prince Regent, George purchased this clock which was said to have been from the collection of the Palace of Versailles. The clock, designed by Jean-Pierre Latz between 1735 and 1740 in a distinct Rococo style, was actually quite out of fashion by 1816 as Neoclassicism was on the rise.

Regardless of its out-moded (for the time) design, the association with Versailles was too enticing to the Prince Regent. He displayed the clock as the centerpiece of The Grand Staircase.

Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
Images Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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