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This is a quality 1930s Art Deco marble clock produced by a quality maker: Japy Frères (please see footnote at bottom of page)
The clock was retailed at Lille, France in 1931 and as you would expect from one of the most renowned French clock makers of the period, the movement of this piece ‘runs like clockwork’ and it keeps perfect time. It has an 8-Day pendulum movement and a striking chime which repeats on the hour. The convex glass to the front of the 4” dial is also original and damage free, as so is the dial, clock hands and the decorative ormolu front panel. Mentioned for accuracy of description is the enamel dial, which ‘feels’ loose once the glass is open, however it is stable and without any damage. Please study my photographs, as this clock is in amazing original condition and is complete with its key.
Over and above the quality of the clock itself, is the fabulous surround which has been crafted from a variety of beautifully configured marble stones. The result is a clock of luxurious appeal, and overall the marble is also in good condition for its age with only a couple of very minor age-related nibbles to the back edge of the piece. The marble casing is supported by 6 solid brass metal balls which can be adjusted if necessary to keep the clock on a horizontal wherever it is suitably displayed. This ensures that the pendulum is able to hang vertically and to keep clock running with perfect time.
Difficult to capture by photographs is the impressive size of this piece, which at approximately 20 inches in length by 11.5 inches high this clock makes quite a statement focal point within any interior setting… It is an absolute joy, I can assure you…
Postage weight: *17k *Substantial Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request.
FOOTNOTE: Frédéric Japy was born on 22nd May 1749 to one of the wealthiest families in Beaucourt, France. From age 17 years his accomplishments and achievements as a clock maker would rapidly dominate the market in France and beyond. He purchased practically every known piece of French clock making machinery of the period, developing them and adapting them to suit ‘new’ requirements and to speed-up the manufacturing process. He then went on to invent his own machines which were required to produce all of the hardware parts needed to assemble his clocks. From screws, nails bolts and other products, such as locks and cogs etc.
He even perfected the creation of baked-enamel cock faces. In clock making - Japy's enamel dials became the standard for the great majority of clock manufacturers for 150 years both in France and abroad. There are few French carriage clocks in existence for example that do not have Japy enamel dials on them… Moving forward to the 1880s, he handed the Direction of his business to his three sons, who by the 1930s had ‘reinvented’ themselves to produce some of the most sensational Art Deco designed clocks of the period. And here for your appraisal is such an example…
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