Description & Technical information

Designed by: Joseph Maria Olbrich, around 1902

Dial with inlay in white metal, brass, mother
of pearl and different woods, hands made of steel, 8-day movement

A similar model with a dark casing and columns at the side was presented at the 1902  International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Turin. This model was, however, much larger.
Our clock is a little jewel and unknown till now. It reveals Olbrich’s mastery
in his most fertile period.

Date:  around 1902
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Austria, Vienna
Medium: Ivory, Mother of pearl, Lime, Celluloid
Dimensions: 19 x 10.7 x 7.8 cm (7¹/₂ x 4¹/₄ x 3¹/₈ inches)
Literature: Ref.: Ein Dokument Deutscher
Kunst 1901–1976, vol. 4, Die Künstler der Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt 1976, p.
175; Wasmuth, J. M. Olbrich Architektur, reprint of the three original volumnes
1901–1914, 1988, p. 138


Exhibitions: Shown at: Leopold Museum, Vienna, 2010,
"Joseph Maria Olbrich. Art Nouveau
and Secession"

Categories: Works of Art