Design for a Clock



Francois Boucher, French, 1703-1770


Design for a Clock






Black chalk, gray wash, heightened with white on buff paper
13 3/4 x 15 7/8 in. (34.9 x 40.3 cm)

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Boucher had a tremendous impact on the Rococo visual culture of eighteenth century France. He worked in almost every medium, and his designs were widely reproduced. This witty clock design, signed and dated at the base, is meant to delight the viewer. Above the clock face, two cupids have taken control of Time's sickle, denying him his power. Two female nudes in identical poses, one facing the viewer and one turned away, support the clock, and give the design harmonious equilibrium and erotic appeal. Three other clock designs by Boucher are known, including one for Madame de Pompadour's brother, the Marquis de Marigny.
signed and dated in chalk at bottom

Credit Line

Gift of the Kramarsky Family


The Eighteenth Century Art of France and England, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, April 27 - May 31, 1950|
Francois Boucher: An Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, January 28 - February 23, 1957|
Francois Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, December 23, 1973 - March 17, 1974|
Francois Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago, April 4 - May 12, 1974|
Francois Boucher: A Loan Exhibition for the Benefit of The New York Botanical Garden, Wildenstein, November 12 - December 19, 1980|
Francois Boucher, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, April 24 - June 23, 1982|
Francois Boucher, Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, July 3 - August 22, 1982|
Recent Acquisitions of Old Masters: Durer to Delacroix, Michael C. Carlos Museum, October 6, 2001 - January 28, 2002
Andre Michel, Francois Boucher (Paris: H. Piazza, 1906), number 2558.|
The Eighteenth Century Art of France and England (Montreal: The Museum, 1950), 15, number 66.|
Francois Boucher: An Exhibition of Prints and Drawings (New York: Charles E. Slatkin, 1957), number 42, plate XXVIII.|
Musee de l'Orangerie, De Clouet a Matisse: dessins francais des collections americaines (Paris: Presses artistiques, 1958), number 36, plate 51.|
Regina Shoolman Slatkin, Francois Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings (Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1973), 113-14, number 86, figure 45.|
Denys Sutton, Francois Boucher (New York: Wildenstein, 1980), 51, number 61, figure 62.|
Denys Sutton, Francois Boucher (Tokyo: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 1982), number 115.


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Francois Boucher, French, 1703-1770, “Design for a Clock,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed December 16, 2018,

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