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Inkpot and Desk Clock, 1752 — François-Thomas Germain,

Inkpot and Desk Clock

François-Thomas Germain, 175237 x 32 x 41cm

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François Thomas Germain inherited his father’s position as silversmith to the King of France in 1748 — a time of rococo luxury for the wealthy and powerful. His whimsical designs in silver brought commissions from Russia and Portugal, but the attrition of the Seven Years War crippled the indulgent lifestyle of the monarchy. In 1765 Germain declared bankruptcy. 

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Submitted by: Reed Enger

A disgraced silversmith, last of a dynasty

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