ODYV, the brand name of French Art Deco sculptors and ceramic artists Berlot & Mussier, who were French art deco masters and here is a clock garniture set which is considered to be one of their most important master-pieces.
Chariot clocks date back to the 1600s and have exist in many forms since then. Here we have the French art deco version in a beautiful cyan and fade silver.
I love the way the charging horses are kicking up waves and this is mirrored in the pair of vases.
The stylised manes of the horses give real weight and a sense of power to them, no wonder the gladiator driver is leaning back and holding on. I think this piece has a real sense of captured motion.
Complete garniture set with the architectural side vases, signed ODYV to the base and all 3 pieces numbered 55. The 8 day clock movement needs a clean, I have not entered further into it than that, but this is the only garniture of this style I have ever seen complete with the original movement still in it.
More information about ODYV can be found in our article ODYV – Its History and Prominence During the Art Deco Movement.
Sizes* - The clock is 41 cms / 16" across and 24 cms / 9 1/2" tall, the side pieces are 14 cms x 15 cms / around 6"
Unpacked Weight* - 4054 grams
Date* - c1920
Manufacturer - ODYV Berlot Mussier
Country - France
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