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Art Deco/Secessionist Brass & Enamel German Boudoir Alarm Clock with Pierrot Dial (Code 1689)

  • £29500


Description

This early 20th century brass boudoir or desk alarm clock marries the Art Deco and Secessionist style with enamel decoration around the brass bezel. It is heavy with a solid brass construction and bevelled glass and is clearly a quality example. The chapter ring is silvered and stamped Germany. The face is decorated with a distinctive scene of a Pierrot kissing the hand of a young woman in an outdoor setting. The work is reminiscent of that by Tito Corbella and the early 20th century period of this style fits in with the clock design. The clock has an alarm, hour and minute hand which are adjusted to the reverse.

There does not appear to be a makers mark, nor a signature for the face decoration, I also removed the bell cover to check for marks, but there is nothing underneath this either, this is rather unusual given the quality of the work. This form of tabletop alarm is more usually seen from Swiss or French makers but they are infrequent in general. If you do have any information on a potential maker, please do let me know.

The clock runs and keeps pretty good time and has an +- adjuster. The alarm also winds and runs as intended. The mechanism appears to be run for about 36hrs however I have been cautious not to overwind it due to the age. If you do plan on using it, care must be taken with winding as this is a leading cause of damaging antique clocks. The winding spigots for the clock and alarm are bare and it comes with a pocket watch key which does fit and works for winding, but is clearly not original. It is a very interesting and attractive example.

 
Condition

See images for case condition, the brass has normal aged patination, enamel and glass are good. It winds, runs and keeps good time. The alarm also winds and works correctly. Winding spigots are bare and the winding key is not original. The minute hand has enamel or similar between the piercing which has aged.


Measurements (Approx)

Height: 7.5 cm ( 3 inch )
Width: 7.5 cm ( 3 inch )
Weight: 272 grams (before packing)

Stock Code: 1689 AP19-2  


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