Style Orientalism / Ref.15031
Charles Stanislas MATIFAT, Persian double-sided pendulum from the London Universal Exhibition of 1851
Width: 12'' ⅝ 32cm
Height: 29'' ½ 75cm
Depth: 9'' ⅞ 25cm
19th century, French
Made for the European and Ottoman-Persian market, our clock bears the signature of Charles Stanislas Matifat and the date 1851.
Matifat is considered one of the most notable Parisian art founders of the mid-19th century.
His clocks, vases, chandeliers, fountains and decorative objects were renowned for their precision, refinement and careful finishes. The model of our pendulum was presented in the French section of the Universal Exhibition in London in 1851. Matifat's stand was located in the heart of the famous Crystal Palace and aroused great admiration from the press and the Exhibition jury.
Richly ornamented, evoking Persian decorative arts, this creation presents the qualities of a piece of goldwork. It offers two white enamel dials. This feature makes it possible to display both European time (that of Paris or London) and time in Turkish numerals. At this time, Matifat invented a process of vitreous enamel on bronze, which allowed him to create decorations of great finesse.
Matifat is known for his decorative art pieces, appreciated by Charles Garnier, but he also cast monumental sculptures by Carpeaux and Frémiet.
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