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Glass 'Skeleton' clocks by ATO, 1931

(Left): a monumentally large glass and chrome Art Deco ‘Skeleton’ mantel clock by ATO, with applied silvered Art Deco numerals and plain hands set over a glass face, with a triple-stepped glass plinth. The electromagnetic movement runs by the assistance of a battery, this being in the very scarce, large size and the second of only two examples that we have ever owned. French, circa 1931. Height overall: 13 inches (33 cm).

REFERENCE: 5961
Price Code: ££££


(Right) a smaller glass and chrome Art Deco 1931 ‘Skeleton’ clock to similar design, also by ATO, this version with applied Art Deco numerals and ‘spoon’ hands set over the glass face, supported by a triple stepped black Bakelite plinth. This version is perfectly adaptable for displaying on a mantel or desk. Height overall: 9 inches (23 cm).

REFERENCE: 6255
Price Code: £££

ATO was a company established in the 1920s by Léon Hatot (1883-1953). Trading under the name ATO from 1923, electric clocks were produced in a partially rebuilt factory in the rue de la Rotonde in Besancon. They were an immediate and unprecedented success, and at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs in 1925, Léon Hatot won a Grand Prix for a range of electric clocks, housed in marble, chrome and fine wood cases. The Léon Hatot Company still functions as a watchmaker, under the umbrella of the Swatch group.

Reference: 6322, 6255

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