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Attributed to André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732)

Floor standing clock c.1685

RCIN 30011

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George IV probably bought this clock in the belief that it had belonged to Louis XIV, the so-called Sun King, who took Apollo (the sun god) as his symbol. The gilt-bronze mounts include an Apollo mask, which may indicate a link with the French monarch. The clock was one of many works of art purchased for Carlton House but never displayed there, as space was too limited for George’s artistic ambitions.

Purchased in 1820