FALCONET, Étienne-Maurice
(b. 1716, Paris, d. 1791, Paris)

Clock: The Three Graces

c. 1770
White marble, gilt bronze, height 80 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Clocks came back into fashion in France around 1770 as a sophisticated object with theme-related decoration. Following the rococo approach, clocks featured small groups of sculpted figures, transforming the timepiece into a kind of curio. The groups might represent nymphs, allegories, or earnest subjects.