Posted 5 years ago
Some help with this item would be appreciated.
I bought it at a thrift shop six months ago for two dollars. When I fist saw it I thought it was an interesting little desk clock. I paid for it with some other items and left without having a really good look at it, because I had left my trusty loupe at home. I had seen that it had a signature.
When I got home I was able to read the signature of the "verrerie Schneider" in script on one of the ground facets of the glass. There are two facets that enable you to place it with the clock face at an 45 degree angle or at the horizontal when it faces the ceiling. On the clock face is the name of Imhof. I had heard of Arthur Imhof and had always wanted one of his art deco clocks; champagne tastes on a beer allowance ...... it had never happened. Something like what I've just seen: BELLIN68's new Jaeger-LeCoultre entry:
Imhof is an interesting character in himself and had five brands:
EPERON / IMHOF / MELISSA / HELVECO / HORODATE
I suppose this one is an Imhof as indicated on the dial. He described his work as "Manufacture de pendulettes d'art Arthur Imhof, La Chaux-de-Fonds". La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchatel, Switzerland, the birthplace of Le Corbusier, was the world capital of the watch-making industry for over a hundred years. La Chaux-de-Fonds was described by Karl Marx as a “huge factory- town” in Das Kapital .
On the backplate of the timepiece is engraved "8" / SWISS / LEVER ESCAPEMENT C244 and to one side 140667 / 15 jewels.
There are two distinct parts to this piece: glass and 'pendulette'.
The glass weight/clock case reminds me of the work of Maurice Marinot, arguably the greatest of the French glassmakers. Schneider did do some vases that imitated the work of the 'master'. I suspect it is from the late 1930's. The timepiece is not working at this stage. I have not troubled yet to have it repaired. The timepiece fits snugly into the glass base which has a plated metal rim.
Any additional information on Imhof and his "pendulettes d'art" would be appreciated as well any information about his links with Schneider.