An unusual Austrian silver gilt and plique-à-jour enamel desk clock, Georg Adam Scheid, Vienna, circa 1900. The clock with white opaque enamel dial, black and red Roman Arabic chapter numerals, and pierced black hands, the gilded silver bezel cast and chased with floral ornament against a matted ground, the baluster-shaped frame on four arched feet enameled in bright blue, red, yellow, and lavender plique-à-jour enamel with applied gilt beads, the works visible at the back under a bezeled glass cover, stamped S+P 1340. Apparently unmarked, but certainly from Scheid’s workshop.
Dimensions: 3 9/16 in x 2 5/8 in. (9 x 6.7 cm).
Scheid succesfully exhibited a number of plique-à-jour clocks in the Austrian exhibit at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. See “A Feature of the Austrian Exhibition,” The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review: World’s Fair and Western Supplement, volume 27, no. 6 (September 6, 1893), pp. 19-20.
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