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Art Deco ‘Skeleton’ clock by ATO, 1930
A monumental glass and chrome Art Deco ‘Skeleton’ mantle clock by ATO, with applied 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 is one of only two examples in this size that we have seen or owned. French circa 1930.
Height overall: 13 inches (33 cm).
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, trading under the umbrella of the Swatch group.