Gothic Revival Angelus Carriage Clock by Falize
Gothic Revival Angelus Carriage Clock by Falize Gothic Revival Angelus Carriage Clock by Falize Gothic Revival Angelus Carriage Clock by Falize Gothic Revival Angelus Carriage Clock by Falize Gothic Revival Angelus Carriage Clock by Falize Gothic Revival Angelus Carriage Clock by Falize Gothic Revival Angelus Carriage Clock by Falize Gothic Revival Angelus Carriage Clock by Falize
Gothic Revival Angelus Carriage Clock by Falize

Gothic Revival Angelus Carriage Clock by Falize

  • This French silvered bronze carriage clock was made by the illustrious French firm Falize
  • Small in size with a complex mechanism, carriage clocks such as this were designed for travel
  • Known as the "Angelus," the timepiece displays a dramatic French Gothic Revival style
  • Magnificently crafted, it is an extraordinary example of Falize's coveted craftsmanship
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Made by the illustrious French firm Falize, this French silvered bronze Angelus carriage clock is crafted in a dramatic French Gothic Revival style. Both its spring-driven movement and compact size made it the ideal clock for travel. Such pieces were remarkably popular amongst the wealthy elite in Europe and America during the second half of the 19th century, who admired both their practicality and their beauty. The present clock, made by the famed Parisian firm Falize, is a particularly fine example of these coveted timepieces.

The impressive clock is quintessentially Gothic in style. Two entwined dragons form the handle, while the front of the case is cast with a scene of the Annunciation. It is from the inscription - Angelus Domini/nuntiavit Maria ("The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary") - that the case bears its name. These are the first few words of the Catholic devotion known as the Angelus, which was traditionally recited three times throughout the day.

The left and right sides feature rondels cast with figures representing the months of the year, which are also engraved along the border in Gothic script. Inscribed on the reverse are the words of warning Vigilate quia nescitis diem neque hora ("You do not know the day nor the hour") from the Gospel of Matthew, as well as a latched door that opens to reveal the mechanism so that it may be easily wound. Magnificently crafted down to the smallest detail, it is an extraordinary example of Falize's coveted craftsmanship.

The Falize firm was founded by Alexis Falize in Paris in 1838; before that time, he worked as a supplier of jewelry for firms such as Tiffany & Co. and Boucheron. His son, Lucien, soon joined him in the business, and the two quickly became renowned designers of the finest jewelry and decorative arts in Paris. They worked in the Revival styles that were so popular throughout the 19th century, but also drew inspiration from Near Eastern and Japanese sources. At the Exposition Universelle of 1878, Falize exhibited the first example of this carriage clock, which he gave the name Angelus. Today, works by the renowned firm are found in important museum collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore), and the British Museum (London).

A similar clock by Falize is discussed on pages 90-91 in A Century of Fine Carriage Clocks, 1987, by J. Faneli and C. Terwilliger.

Stamped "AXF"

Circa 1878-1880

7" high x 3 1/4" wide x 3 1/4" deep
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:France
Type:Carriage Clocks
Depth:3.25 Inches
Width:3.25 Inches
Height:7.0 Inches
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