Width: 4-1/8" Height: 3*-1/4" Brass or Bronze or Gold Plated. This is a very old piece and my mom said that it came from Ottoman Palace.
It came from my mother and she got it from her mother.
Thank you once again for using mearto .co for an appraisal of this easel desk clock. I shall try to help you with that tonight. I missed the signature on the bottom of the dial initially and have redone my appriasal.
Dore bronze and enameled, 8-day, time only, Art Deco, boudoir easel desk clock, case no 6448788 (not totally legible), with canister style movement, made by Omega, made in Switzerland, circa 1925-1930.
Case: Width: 4-1/8" Height: 3-1/4" this is an ovoid shaped, Dore bronze (gilt white metal) fluted picture frame dial bezel with foliate designs at the quarter hours relative to the dial. The case has a collapsible two-legged stand attached to the upper end of the back of the case and gives it its name, ‘easel’ (a painter’s tilted easel) clock. The back of the case is not shown but is most likely also covered in gilt white metal with a movement cover with knobs and levers. . . .
Dial: An ovoid colorful dial with the background enameled in robin’s egg blue, centering a gilt brass hour chapter ring with black enameled Arabic hours, closed bar minute track to the inside with fenestrated gilt Louis XVth style hands and a cream and rose colored dial center with a swirling foliate pattern. The dial is signed, “Swiss, 8-day, Omega” with horseshoe at base. . . .
Movement: A gilt metal canister movement cover does not allow viewing of the movement and the cover itself is not shown in full, so I would presume that it has a knob for setting the correct time and a lever for making the movement fun faster and slower. Most commonly the movement is made in the form of a watch with a jeweled (7-15) movement, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating flat balance spring, index regulator and most likely not signed. There are some examples that strike but, in this example, I cannot see the entire back of the movement so I will assume it does not.). .
Condition: The problem with this little charming easel clock is that the gilt finish is wearing poorly and is partly gone from the casing especially at the back of the case. When Cartier and Omega made these easel clocks in the Art Deco era (1920-1940) they were truly beautiful objects with the use of precious metals and gemstones and their beauty and four figure prices has increased over time as they seem to resist decay. Not so here with this example, even though made by Omega and signed at the base of the dial. It is worn and remains in fair condition. The dial itself has either faded in places (the blue and rose colors) or darkened in spots, e.g. the gilt dial chapter ring.
(Sold for $350 in 2012)
https://www.barnebys.com/realized-prices/lot/clocks-7-seven-two-square-easel-back-swiss-desk-clocks-8-day-sKBjMLwf_6 (three examples sold in 2017 for $325)
(signed and quarter repeat striking sold for $500 n 2017)
https://www.barnebys.com/realized-prices/lot/small-swiss-boudoir-easel-clock-timepiece-the-_PH9W1FLqP (sold for $390 in 2012)
https://www.barnebys.com/realized-prices/lot/swiss-goldschmidt-enamel-picture-clock-on-easel-OUwcK8d2x (sold for $225 in 2015)
https://www.barnebys.com/realized-prices/lot/an-art-deco-enamelled-sterling-silver-eight-days-desk-clock-ylHBci1bhpl sold for $220 in 2020)
Given the fair condition of the casing and the issue of being unsigned, this little Art Deco era clock still has a great deal of appeal, at least to me, and represents a wonderful era and a simpler time where beautiful shapes and forms were used to manufacture goods for the population of the world. A fair market value for this aesthetically pleasing form of boudoir easel timepiece would range from $250-$300, if unsigned as I originally thought, at auction in today’s market place. The fact that the clock is marked for Omega immediately pushes up the price for this piece to $750-$900.The colors are worn but contrast quite nicely to this day.
Hopefully, you will continue to enjoy the subtle charm of this desk clock and appreciate its place in the great scheme of things.
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