AN UNUSUAL FRENCH 19TH CENTURY JAPONISMUS DOUBLE PATINA BRONZE, ONYX AND ENAMEL CLOCK. ATTRIBUTED TO L'ESCALIER DE CRYSTAL.
This rare clock is raised by a bamboo like square base beneath an onyx plaque.
Above is a remarkable double patina peacock supporting the clock amidst foliate branches, the stunning turquoise enamel dial has meticulously hand painted japonismus motifs as well as a cartridge depicting sailing ships, the hours in Roman numerals are set on a Bleu Royal background.
“L’escalier de Cristal”, an old and famous Parisian firm, specialized in glass products and ceramics as well as suggested furniture and bronze sculptures.
Led from 1885 to 1923 by Emile Pannier’s sons, who gave the name Pannier Frères to the company.
Located at the corner of Scribe and Auber street, next to the new built Paris Opera house.
Their Japanese style creations were among many others much appreciated by the critics and the public.
They were awarded many medals at various exhibitions, such as the gold medal at the 1900 Paris Universal Exhibition.
This clock is a striking example of the taste for Japanese and Chinese art and is one of the exquisite objects created for a cultured elite, designed by the most prestigious artists of the day.
Dimensions: 35H x 20W x 20D cm
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