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French Rare Aesthetic Movement Mantel Clock

The Aesthetic Movement — think Oscar Wilde, Whistler paintings, and “art for art’s sake.”  The effect on the arts and crafts from the Aesthetic Movement was extensive, and flourished during the 1870’s and 1880’s.  A significant departure from the formality preceding it.  In came earthy colors, prominent shapes, nature, and especially the influence of the Japanese taste.  All of these elements are evident in this rare and wonderful clock.

To begin, the form of the clock crafted in Belgian black marble mimics popular ebonized furniture shapes from the Movement.  It has lovely polychromed Japanese tiles depicting flowers, birds, and fish.  The central semi-circular tile atop the clock depicts a fan.  Fans were used profusely in decor during the Aesthetic Movement.

Further to its artistic representation is a rare eight-day time keeping movement that strikes the quarter hours on two gongs.   The movement is by Ernest Lourdelet of Paris.  The etched marble dial features a pretty circular tile at its center, fleur de lis hands, gilt Roman numerals, and embossed brass ring.  Also, the dial is signed “N. Matson & Co.; Chicago.”  And finally, brass ball finials and feet complete the presentation.  Spectacular.

Restored; one year warranty.

17″H x 18 1/2″W x 6 1/2″D

Circa 1880


SKU: WIAU 27 P $2,750 Inquire
If you would like to purchase this item or learn more about it, please click on the Inquire link above or phone the Renaissance Showroom at 805-688-1976, open seven days a week from 10 to 6.
  • French
  • Aesthetic Movement
  • Belgian Black Marble
  • Ernest Lourdelet, Paris
  • Retailed by N. Matson & Co., Chicago
  • Polychromed Tiles
  • 8 Day Movement
  • Chimes 1/4 Hours on Two Gongs
  • Restored, One Year Warranty
  • 17″H x 18 1/2″W x 6 1/2″D
  • Circa 1880