Trivium Art HistoryFrançois-Thomas Germain

Inkpot and Desk Clock

Inkpot and Desk Clock, 1752 — François-Thomas Germain,
37 cm32 cm

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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Thomas Germain - Inkpot and desk clock 1752 silver 37 x 32 x 41cm

Thomas Germain - Inkpot and desk clock 1752 silver 37 x 32 x 41cm

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