Art Deco Enamel Minute Repeater Clock by Marcus & Co.

  • This exceptionally rare timepiece is adorned by rich enamel, jade and diamonds
  • Crafted by American jewelry firm of Marcus & Co., it embodies timeless Art Deco style
  • Its exterior displays carved jade handles against sleek red and black enamel
  • The interior reveals a lively, stylized enamel scene of hunters against a vividly colored landscape
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Item No. 31-4159

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The elegance of Art Deco design comes to life in this minute-repeater desk clock by Marcus & Co. The luxurious timepiece is captivating in both its mechanical complexity and gorgeous artistry. When closed, the clock’s case is a stunning juxtaposition of enamel, gold and diamonds in a sleek and orderly Asian-inspired motif complete with intricately carved jade handles. With the press of a jade button, the clock doors spring open, revealing a lively hunting scene rendered in vividly hued cloisonné enamel. Two men race on horseback across a stylized landscape of rolling red, teal and orange hills set against a purple sky. The vibrant enamel is applied across large, unbroken planes with painterly lines, recalling the avant-garde work of the Fauvists. 

The clock achieves an extraordinary level of precision time-telling with the rare inclusion of a minute-repeater complication with movements by E. Mathey-Tissot & Co. of Switzerland. At the push of a button, the clock will chime the hour, quarter-hour and minute. Additionally, the dial sparkles with diamond-encrusted hands and Deco numerals marking the hours. Taken together, this clock is truly a bejeweled objet d'art reflecting the heights of Marcus & Co.'s craftsmanship and design.

The American jewelry firm of Marcus & Co. was founded in 1892 by Herman Marcus, a German immigrant whose knowledge of European trends and previous experience at Ellemeyer, court jewelers of Dresden, won him a position at Tiffany & Co. In 1884, Marcus left Tiffany to join Jaques and Marcus, a firm in which his son was a partner, and the family took control of the business in 1892. Marcus & Co.‘s designs were of high quality and are still among the best examples of American Art Nouveau and Art Deco jeweled objects.

This clock is accompanied by its original fitted box; its silk-lined interior is marked “Marcus & Co. Jewelers”

Circa 1920

Clock: 5 1/8" wide x 3 1/2" deep x 4 1/4" high
Case: 5 7/8" wide x 4 3/4" deep x 5 1/8" high
Art Deco Enamel Minute Repeater Clock by Marcus & Co.
Period: 20th Century
Origin: America
Type: Mantel Clocks
Depth: 3.5 Inches
Width: 5.13 Inches
Height: 4.25 Inches

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