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a: ceramic; b: ceramic; brass
overall: 14 1/2 x 8 in.; 36.83 x 20.32 cm
Gift of Mrs. Willis R. Michael
Mantle Clock; ceramic polychrome case in shape of facade of Egyptian temple; white porcelain dial with signs of zodiac for hours; minute and hour hands in form of gilt serpents; movement: 8-day, spring driven, hours strike; stamped with circular impress mark "Medaille D'Or/ Japy Freres"; a: timepiece top, removable; b: timepiece body.
The French company Japy Frères manufactured a variety of metal items in the 1800s and 1900s, including typewriters, cookware and hardware. The company’s roots, however, were in watch making. Appealing to a late 1800s vogue for all things Egyptian, an artist ornamented the porcelain case with Egyptian motifs and hieroglyphs. This clock’s exotic decoration and its expertly manufactured works may have made it an attractive addition Michael’s collection. "Keeping Time: Clockmakers and Collectors," October 10, 2015 - ongoing (2017)