Posted 5 years ago
I saw a clock just like this one, sans sculpture, on eBay being sold by a vendor in France. I also bought this one with sculpture on eBay. The clock is about 18 inches wide x 12 in high x 4 1/2 inches deep, and heavy.
It is a beautiful massive and masculine piece. The clock had been converted from an winding movement to an electric Telechron M1, I will replace the Telechron movement with a Japy Freres or Fritz Marti movement I bought for spares. I believe it was manufactured about 1912-17, it appears more art Nouveau than deco. The standing buck is missing his back leg, probably lost to time. The top sculpture is signed by T F Cartier, and marked France. The sculpture is original. Beside the sculpture on top, it also features two bronze medallions of bucks on each side of the face, they are not signed.
Here is some information about Thomas F. Cartier.
Thomas Francois Cartier (1879 1943) was born in Marseilles, France on February 21st 1879. Cartier studied under Georges Gardet and specialized in animal sculpture. He created many models of Lions and other big cats and dogs especially hunting dogs. His sculptures were also used in clocks and other decorative pieces. Many were cast in white metal as well as bronze.
Cartier started exhibiting his works at the Salon in 1904, continuing throughouthis life. He won an Honorable Mention in the Salon of 1908 and a Gold Medal in 1927. Very little has been written about the life and works of this later period Animalier sculptor except for the listing of his exhibits.