Green Beryl Hippopotamus Clock by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof

  • This charming clock features a solid piece of green beryl carved to depict a musical hippopotamus
  • The objet d’art was crafted by the famed jeweler and sculptor Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof
  • The even color distribution throughout the hippo's figure reflects the high quality of the stone
  • Canary yellow diamond eyes and a rock crystal base complete the extraordinary timepiece
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Item No. 31-3771

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A solid piece of green beryl has been carved to depict a musical hippopotamus that stands atop this charming timepiece. The objet d’art was crafted by the famed jeweler and sculptor Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof, a man commonly regarded as America's Fabergé for his whimsical sculptures formed from gemstones. This gold and enamel orbital dial clock and the figure that surmounts it are a testament to Zadora's high level of skill, both in its intricate detail and masterful design. He holds aloft an enamel and gold violin, bow poised at the ready to begin his tune. The even color distribution throughout the hippo's figure reflects the exceptional quality of the original stone, which Zadora has used to full advantage in his brilliant design. Canary yellow diamond eyes and a rock crystal base complete the extraordinary timepiece.

The Canadian-born sculptor Baron Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof is recognized as the world's leading gemstone artist, and his international clientele includes the world’s most discerning connoisseurs. His pieces, which range from intricate objets d'art such as this to innovative bespoke jewelry, are regarded as the most prized decorative artworks in modern time.

This clock is pictured on page 139 of The Art of Zadora: America's Faberge, 1999, by J. Zapata.

Signed "Zadora"

Circa 1996

4 1/4" diameter x 6 5/8" high
Green Beryl Hippopotamus Clock by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof
Period: 20th Century
Origin: America
Type: Novelty
Depth: 4.25 Inches
Width: 4.25 Inches
Height: 6.63 Inches

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