Coral and Jade Koi Fish Mystery Clock

  • This one-of-a-kind French mystery clock dates to the Art Deco period
  • A striking piece of red coral is the focal point in the center of the clock’s dial
  • The time is indicated by the position of a koi fish carved from red-orange carnelian
  • Overall, the clock represents the Eastern designs that became fashionable during the Art Deco era
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Item No. 30-9446

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This Art Deco-period French mystery clock boasts a stunning design inspired by Eastern cultures and the natural world. A brilliantly hued piece of coral rises from the center of the clock’s dial, while a charming carnelian koi fish and blue lacquer lotus flower are set into the clock’s “pond.” The pond rotates with the help of the clock movement, guiding the diminutive aquatic creature along the edge of the white enamel dial as if by magic. The time is indicated by the fish's position in relation to the gold Arabic numerals along the basin's edge.

Completing this ingenious mystery clock's design is its exquisite jade base, which evokes the shape of the traditional Chinese koro, or incense burner. Overall, the piece represents the elaborate Eastern designs that became highly fashionable during the Art Deco era. A very similar chinoiserie mystery clock crafted of coral and jade made by Cartier is currently held in the Cartier Collection and was recently exhibited at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Circa 1915

6 1/2” wide x 4 3/4” deep x 5 1/4” high
Coral and Jade Koi Fish Mystery Clock
Period: 20th Century
Origin: France
Type: Mystery
Depth: 4.75 Inches
Width: 6.5 Inches
Height: 5.25 Inches

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