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Very rare and spectacular Luxor Swiss table clock
Very rare and spectacular Luxor Swiss table clock
Very rare and spectacular Luxor Swiss table clock
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Spectacular and very rare Luxor Swiss table clock made in the 1940s. This golden clock is an exponent of Art Deco aesthetics: supple and elegant lines, geometric shape, some decorative elements (the twisted little bar at the top). This is a 8 days mechanical clock with alarm (it has to be manually winded once a week to operate). It is in very good condition with only small age-related traces. Luxor clocks are highly prized by collectors around the world, both for their mechanism and aspect.
Lot of 4 vintage table clocks made in Germany (Blessing, Mauthe, & Ruhla) and Czechoslovakia (Prim). All are in full working order. Each of them need to be manually winded once a day to operate.
Blessing: made in Germany in the 1950s, this mechanical alarm clock features Art Deco elements (hour marks, clock hands, clock base) and also the International Style aesthetics. Kept in very good vintage condition.
Mauthe: made in Germany in the 1940s, this is an Art Deco mechanical alarm clock. The case, in beige, is in sharp contrast to the black dial. At the top and in the lower area, the golden accents complete the sober and elegant image of this clock. Although is kept in a good overall condition, there are some very discrete scratches on the glass; also the phosphorus on the hour and minute hands of the clock have some minor defects.
Prim: made in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s, this is a metal case mechanical alarm clock. Kept in very good condition, this item is characterized by a minimalist, beautiful, modern look.
Ruhla: made in Germany in the 1970s, this mechanical alarm clock features a bright orange plastic case and a black dial with bold, prominent, hour marks. A beautiful and highly collectible table clock, featuring an Atomic/Space Era aesthetics.
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The term “Swiss Made” isn’t just another commodity label for a place of origin, but more importantly a seal of approval and a mark of quality recognised worldwide. Today, more than half of the total of all luxury watches are from Switzerland. In terms of their craftsmanship, sometimes it’s just a subtle difference that distinguishes this group of watch manufacturers from one another. This is also usually why most people don’t make a decision for or against a watch brand based solely on a set of objective criteria but more because of “soft” factors such as the public image that’s connected with a Swiss watch manufacturer.
Even more subjective is the following list of the Top 10 Swiss watch brands. Join us as we take you on a brief trip to the epicentre of mechanical watchmaking. This journey won’t just take us to the watch metropolis Geneva: a city that two of the most famous and renowned brands call home. It will also lead us to the less populated valleys of Switzerland, where there are almost as many watchmakers as there are inhabitants.
10. IWC (Schaffhausen)
9. Breitling (Grenchen)
8. Omega (Biel/Bienne)
7. TAG Heuer (La Chaux-de-Fonds)
6. Zenith (Le Locle)
5. Blancpain (Le Brassus)
4. Jaeger-LeCoultre (Le Sentier)
3. Breguet (L’Orient) – A few kilometres further and not far from the south bank of the Lac De Joux is the tranquil village of L’Orient. Another renowned Swiss watch brand also calls it home here: one that carries the legacy of perhaps the greatest watchmaking genius in history into the present day. We’re talking about Abraham Louis Breguet and the company named after him.
2. Rolex (Geneva) – No list of the best Swiss watch brands can be complete without Rolex and unsurprisingly, our next stop is Lake Geneva. To be more precise: a tranquil suburb in the business and watch metropolis of Geneva.
1. Patek Philippe (Geneva) – When watch aficionados start throwing around four digit numbers, then you might be witnessing a discussion about the different Patek Philippe references. That being said, we’ve made our way to the absolute high end scale of the luxury watch world and going to end our list of the top 10 Swiss watch brands with the most prestigious of them all: Patek Philippe. Its references regularly achieve record sums at the largest auction houses, where one of its watches can trade ownership for a two figure million sum.
Spectacular crystal ashtray signed by Daum Nancy and made in France, in the 1960s. The translucent emerald color and the flower-shaped line give this piece a refined, elegant and discreet look. It’s signed on the bottom “Daun Nancy” – Cross of Lorraine – “France”, in the typical manner of this famous manufacturer. Also retains the label of the first crystal shop that sold it: “Cristallerie Moser-Millot Paris 30 Bd. Des Italiens”. Is in a very good condition, with minimal age related signs.
Daum Nancy rose to prominence during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco period, and captured the imagination of collectors all over the world. Let us take a quick look at the interesting events that shaped the company. Jean Daum was a notary from Bitche who had lent some money to the proprietors of a glass factory in Nancy, the capital town of the French region of Lorraine. The glassworks was then named “Verrerie Sainte Catherine”. In 1878, Daum took over the factory when its erstwhile owners were unable to pay off their debt and renamed it “Verrerie de Nancy”. The factory initially produced glassware such as drinking glasses and pitchers and then ventured into artistic glass manufacturing in 1891. After Daum’s death in 1885, his son Auguste Daum took over the control of the company in the year 1890. The Daum brothers exhibited their “Handsome Tavern Glass” at the Paris International Exhibition in 1889. This event was of utmost significance because it marked the birth of the French Art Nouveau movement. Daum received his first “Grand Prix” in 1900 because by then his factory had established its name as a producer of high quality glass. By 1903, Daum had started making vitrified vases. These vases are singularly responsible for the kind of fame the company acquired in the early 1900s. In 1906 Daum began the manufacture of pâte-de-verre, a glass-making technique first used over five thousand years ago in the early world.
In order to understand the collector’s interest in Daum Nancy objects, one must realize that this company has shaped itself up to become a producer of glass art objects and not simple glassworks. It pioneered and revolutionized old techniques by working with colour powders, acids, enamel and fluorine hydrogen. From the early 1900s emphasis was placed upon ornamental motifs in naturalistic forms. When Galle died in 1904, the Daum brothers became the leaders in the field of decorative glass and their dominance lasted for one productive, golden decade.
Beautiful Akva surf ashtray designed by Per Lütken for Holmegaard (although it can also be used as a bowl for peanuts or candies). This model is part of the Akva series, which was a huge success and remained in production for more than two decades between 1953 and 1974. Signed, identified and dated on the bottom, “Holmegaard 19PL53” (Per Lütken signed almost always monogrammed with initials falling between the 4 digits of the year). A rare piece made from hand-blown glass. The Akva series includes items sold under different trade marks and line names: Askebaeger, Dukling, Fiona, Hellas, Lysestage, Menuet, Rondo, Selandia, Thule, Umanak, Surf etc. Being dated 1953 this vase was produced in the inaugural year of this series.
Tricolor Murano ashtray (or dish) in blue, red and green. This piece is remarkable in its fluid shapes, the zoomorphic look (seen from the top, it resembles the image of a cat’s head), the fine quality of the glass, and the dialogue between the three differently colored compartments. Hand blown, this piece is kept in very good vintage condition.
The quality and tradition that characterize Murano’s finest glass furnaces have always been worthy of the highest appreciation. This prestige is due mostly to the glass masters’ hard work and dedication, which are the very core of Murano’s most famous trade. Glassmaking has been passed on from one generation to the next one, with constant innovations and timeless originality. The loyalty and respect with which this trade is treated is possibly the key to Murano’s success. Glass masters all over the island have always worked with endless vitality, and this creative vein is evident in every glass artwork that comes out of any furnace, with improved techniques and bewildering effects.
Beautiful Murano sommerso vase in green and purple. The piece is made in the 1950s and is kept in very good condition, showing no visible deterioration. It has the original label.
When thinking of Murano glass, it is highly unlikely that we think of sand, yet this rare material is at the base of all glass production. Glass is firstly a mix of siliceous sand, soda, lime and potassium, which is put to melt inside an oven at a temperature of around 1.500 Celsius. After it has become flexible enough, it is removed with a pipe that will be used to blow the glass out while the glassmaker shapes and models it. The forms and colors given to each piece depend on the tools and chemicals used during its production. The techniques are also important..
One of the most common techniques is “Sommerso”, which in Italian literally means “submerged”. This technique is used to create several layers of glass (usually with different contrasting colors) inside a single object, giving the illusion of “immersed” colors that lay on top of each other without mixing. This is done by uniting different layers of glass through heat and repeatedly immersing them in pots of molten colored glass. This technique is quite recognizable: it is characterized by an outer layer of colorless glass and thick layers of colored glass inside it, as if a big drop of color had been captured inside the transparent glass. When one first sees these objects, it seems almost impossible to conceive such beautiful colors being locked so perfectly inside what would seem solid glass, and then undoubtedly one begins to wonder how ever did they manage to achieve such a complex game of shapes and colors right in the middle of a clear glass object.