Clock, Mystery Clock, ca. 1930
These clocks were almost certainly created in Paris around 1930 for Black, Starr & Frost in New York. However, the firm’s commissioning of them may have been too close to the Crash of 1929 to ensure strong sales. They remained objects of admiration when examples appeared as part of a group of clocks in the firm’s display at the 1939 world’s fair in New York. This clock shows the impact of Cartier’s “Mystery” clocks, with special hidden mechanisms created by Maurice Coüet. Others used rock crystal, seen here mixed with hardstones that mosaicist Vladimir Makovsky favored for his box tops and clocks.
It is credited
Lent by Siegelson, New York.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 14.9 × 10.8 × 5.1 cm (5 7/8 in. × 4 1/4 in. × 2 in.)