Sterling Silver Clock by Atelier Borgila, 1947
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Erik Fleming, Atelier Borgila, Sweden
An extremely elegant and sophisticated Sterling silver mantel or desk clock, dating from 1947. Of deep cylindrical form, the clock is supported by curving, tendril brackets, with streamline moderne central upright plinth, and is set on a veined black marble base. Made by Swedish silversmith Erik Fleming’s Atelier Borgila, the repeated banding around the circumference of the clock demonstrates Fleming’s unique interpretation of Art Deco styling. The recurring ‘L’ motif in Sterling silver to the inserted filet at the foot is perhaps a reference to the original owner of the clock, and the satin finish clockface under a glazed door features two winding squares, one for the chimes and one for the movement and the minute and hour hands have a slightly organic aesthetic.
The movement, with strike on the hour and half hour, is by French clockmaker Vincenti and dates to circa 1880, and the original key with ornate, pierced bow in gold is present, and sits safely within a special recess in the clock’s bespoke two door glazed calfskin presentation case. The case is signed BORGILA STERLING, S V8, SWEDISH indicating it was made in 1947. Fleming’s works in silver are world-renowned and can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cooper-Hewitt in New York, amongst others.
Height: 8 inches (20 cm)
Width: 7 inches (18 cm)
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