This one of a kind masterpiece table clock was made by Edward I Farmer in New York during the Art Deco period. The clock features a cream dial with stylised oriental numerals and a sepia tone bridge and pagoda scene engraved onto the dial. The frame of the clock is crafted from gilt sterling silver and accented with a ring of jadeite jade enhanced with carved coral. The stand to the rear of the clock is a piece of sterling silver that has been backed with a carved piece of jade. The supports to the bottom of the clock are four carved orange coral beads and the finial to the top is another piece of carved orange coral. The clock movement is in working condition however has not been serviced or tested for accuracy. The frame of the clock is in exceptional condition for its age and to our knowledge has only one small flaw, a very feint crack in the jade plaque fixed to the stand. It is possible given that Farmer used pieces of antiquity to craft his pieces that the crack has been present for the whole of the clock's life, but regardless this very insignificant flaw is not noticeable and is commensurate with age. There are only a handful of other clocks by Farmer known to exist, each vastly different from one another, giving this piece a truly unique place in decorative arts history in the early 20th Century.
Edward I. Farmer was a prominent American art dealer, antique trader and creator of luxury objects. He operated his own business 'Edward I. Farmer Inc.' for 29 years before his death in 1942. German in origin, Farmer travelled widely in his youth and collected antiquities especially those of oriental origin, which were often later crafted into prized objects at his studio in New York. He worked out of the Carlyle Hotel at one point and has been described as an 'art and antique dealer and collector of Chinese jades and porcelains'. Farmer would regularly turn elaborate and carved semiprecious stones into works of art by making them into boxes, inkwells, push buttons and other desk accessories. Farmer mostly worked with sterling silver, however there are examples in 18 karat gold which are exceedingly rare. Often regarded to be in the taste of 'Cartier', Farmer was highly regarded and created incredible, one of a kind objects.
Signed to rear 'EDWARD I. FARMER NEW YORK STERLING' & 'STERLING'
Movement signed - 'Doxa Watch My Switzerland 15 Fifteen Jewels 5 Five Adjustments'
Measures - 14cm H x 8.5cm W