"Aesthetic" or "Arts and Crafts" clock gilt bronze with porcelain panels designed by Lewis F. Day.

An imposing late 19th century mantel clock of rectangular form with unusual and most attractive porcelain panels, columns and dial designed by Lewis F. Day. Of most distinct "Arts and Craft" or "Aesthetic" movement flavour to the porcelain panels on this clock it must be dated to the very end of the 19th century. With a dome top and five vase finials with silvered decoration which continues on the capitals and bases of the two porcelain side columns and to the moulding above the dial. The gilt bronze is original. The panels with grey background and painting in pale blue, white and brown with stylised forget-me-not and Campion flowers. The dial with most unusual numerals notable examples of Lewis Day’s famous stylised calligraphy and with feathering towards the centre boss and typical brass hands. 8 day movement with steel suspended pendulum and brocot adjustment, striking the hours and halves on a gong. Original pendulum numbered with the movement 65814. Lewis Foreman Day (1845-1910) was an artist and prolific writer on design subjects, most famous today for his wallpaper designs and calligraphy, in which can be seen the early seeds of Art Nouveau. In the early 1880’s he led a group of writers, designers, and theorists known as the Fifteen, who in 1884 merged with The Art Workers Guild, that included Walter Crane. In 1888 members of the Guild formed the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, including Philip Webb, William Arthur Smith Benson, Lewis Day, William Lethaby and William de Morgan. Their first exhibition in 1888 at the New Gallery included works from their own members, the Century Guild, Morris & Co and the Guild of Handicraft. The latter, also founded in 1888, was headed by the architect Charles. R. Ashbee, and Day and Ashbee were the Guild of Handicrafts' principal designers. Day’s clock designs executed by Howell and James are recognised as his signature pieces of furniture design, containing in miniature all the elements of art furniture for the aesthetic home. An example of another clock with designs by Lewis Day are in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. 17.5 inches high by 10 inches wide and 6.125 inches deep ( 44 cms by 25 cms by 15 cms)

Stock Number: 3449

Origin: France

Price: SOLD

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