In keeping with the timeless tradition of meeting at the lobby clock, the stately Boulle clock keeps perfect time, just as it has for more than a century. And today it’s a must-see artifact in the lobby of Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Made by the legendary artist André-Charles Boulle, known as the “Cabinetmaker of the King (Louis XIV),” the clock features his signature style of tortoiseshell, high-luster bronze and ebony inlay. The timepiece’s gilded design reflects the opulence of nobility combined with Roman influence.
“The clock is an excellent example of 18th-century French artisanship that saw a collaboration between cabinetmaker and watchmaker,” explains Waldorf Astoria’s Frederick Hawkins. “A prototype of the same style of clock can be found in the Château de Fontainebleau in France today.”
Many of Boulle’s royal commissions, like the Rome Cavalieri clock, remain on display in the world’s greatest museums, including the Louvre, The J. Paul Getty Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, proving that even timekeepers can remain timeless.
Reserve your stay at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel to discover this timeless beauty.
For another masterful Waldorf Astoria lobby clock, check out the Mystery Lady Timepiece at The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel.