Tiffany is, of course, legendary for choosing only the finest examples of the horological art from the great houses of Europe. While they never manufactured their own clocks and watches, they choose only the highest quality to represent their name. This is one of the most spectacular examples of an elegant desk clock that we have ever had the pleasure to own. It is an eight day sterling and enamel desk clock with an articulated head, with a fifteen jewel movement by Concord. Once you see it in-person you realize that it is such an attractive piece that you cannot resist holding it in your hand. It is evocative of the Roaring Twenties and the enamel work is exquisite. The dial center is executed in a guilloche pattern (engine turning) with a covering of transparent purple enamel that emanates from the dial center. The chapters are on a separate ring with a dark ground and gold Arabic Numerals with minute dots that makes the time of day easily readable. The "Cathedral" style hands hold lume in them like a stained glass window and they still have a faint glow in the dark. The central case body is also guilloche with purple enamel, as is the flare at the base junction. This all sits on a white marble base that makes it quite stable on your desk. The clock's head is articulated just below the 6 o'clock position so that you can tilt it back at a convenient angle for easy viewing. The very edge of the base bears the Tiffany hallmark and the Sterling Silver mark. The overall height of the clock is 6" by 3.25" at the base diameter, and displaying a 2.25" dial.
It is just spectacular...and it can be yours. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
These clocks were for the French merchant that wanted something special and elegant in his shop to give customers the correct time and add a touch of class to the shop. The name came from the preponderance of this type of clock that was found in French Bakeries. This particular clock is an unusual example having inlaid Mother-of-Pearl against a black background on the bezel and dial surround. The contrasting red trim adds just a touch of eye appeal. The dial is a all porcelain and displays individually fired bombe chapters with Roman numerals that have individual brass surrounds. The buled steel pierced hands add the final touch that give this clock a spectacular appearance. The clock strikes the hours on a coiled gong and is eight day running. The front bezel hinges from the top to gain easy access to the pendulum. Circa 1870 it's good for yet another hundred years.