A French Art Nouveau clock in gilt bronze by Maurice Dufrène with dancing figures modeled by Félix Voulot for the Parisian atelier La Maison Moderne. A similar model of this clock is part of the permanent collection of the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg. Signed, "F. Voulot 1900". Pictured in The Paris Salons: 1895-1914, Volume V: Objects d''Art & Metalware, by Alastair Duncan, pages 38 and 227. Also pictured in L''Ofevrerie et Le Bronze, L''Art Decoratif, by Charles Torquet, page 207.
An Austrian Art Nouveau porcelain and silvered clock by Paul Follot. This clock heavily features the arabesquing line of the Art Nouveau movement, both in shape and in the relief decoration. Abstract blue flower buds decorate the clock in panels at the top and behind the clock face. The silvered clock face and pendulum are also decorated in the whiplash motif, which makes this clock a complete and total work of Art Nouveau. A similar clock is pictured in: Art Nouveau: The French Aesthetic, by Victor Arwas, London: Andreas Papadakis, 2002, p. 333; a similar clock is also pictured in the 1904 Louis Majorelle Catalog, in the "Les Algues" Chamber, near the end of the catalog.
A rare French Art Nouveau silver and plique-à-jour enamel "Capucines" clock with butterflies and nasturtiums by Eugène Feuillâtre. The front and sides of the clock are decorated with enameled orange flowers and green leaves. The top and back are gold-washed and heavily engraved with flowers and vines. The clock face features two painted butterflies. Provenance: Collection of Jerome Shaw, Florida A similar clock is pictured in: The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. V: Objects d''Art and Metalware, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1999, p. 255. Exhibited: La Société des Artistes Français, 1902.
An English Art Nouveau "Tudric" clock by Archibald Knox. The clocks has Roman numerals in relief. It is decorated with 12 abalone disks in two vertical columns. The clock hands are also decorated with abalone disks. This pewter and abalone clock is listed as model 097, for Liberty & Co. This clock is featured in A.J. Tilbrook and Gordon House, ''The Designs of Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co.'', 1976, p. 107 for an illustration of the model. Peter Barnet and MaryAnn Wilkinson, ''Decorative Arts 1900: Highlights from Private Collections in Detroit'', 1993 p. 14, cat no. 13 for a similar model. Stephen A Martin, ''Archibald Knox'', Academy Editions, 1995, p. 90 features a variant of this model.
A French Art Nouveau gilt bronze mantel clock and accompanying pair of three-branch candelabra by Charles Émile Jonchéry. The curvilinear shape of the clock, as well as the woman''s face in relief below the clock face, her tresses that merge with writhing vines and and the decorative vines and flowers that appear throughout the piece, exemplify the Art Nouveau aesthetic. Charles Émile Jonchéry designed numerous sculptural objets d''art that often combined female figures and floral motifs in the ornamentation of vases, lamps, clocks, inkwells, or fountains. These figural candlesticks and clock feature an asymmetrical design with characteristic Art Nouveau motifs: dreamy women and whiplash lines. The use of the pansy flower, whose French word "pensée" means both "thought" and "pansy", was a way of making these women into mysterious muses of thought, encouraging their owner to meditate on the passage of time and the imperative to live life to its fullest. Pictured in: "Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris", by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 150.
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