05 2022, (24 x 30 cm), 2 volumes, 496 pp. English text, ca. 400 ills, hardcover and slipcase.
The Parnassia Collection is a sumptuous collection of clocks, the models of which were produced in a few copies, or even only one, and executed between 1790 and 1820, sometimes a little later. They were chosen for their aesthetics, the quality of their cases and, of course, their perfect condition. They coexist with some previous works meaningfully, but all are linked to the framework of the collection, which is divided into two parts. The first includes what we have called, for lack of imagination, "classic" clocks, the other includes the main models of what we call "black" clocks. Their reunion justifies the subtitle that we have given to this work, "An odyssey in pendulums". This set is an example of what the passion for beauty, even focused on a period, can lead to, that is to say, dazzle. Jean-Dominique Augarde, art historian specializing in decorative arts and author of several reference books.