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Eugène Feuillâtre Silver and Plique-à-Jour Enamel "Capucines" Desk Clock


This rare French Art Nouveau silver and plique-à-jour enamel clock depicts a dynamic display of butterflies and flowering "Capucines," or nasturtiums, by Eugène Feuillâtre. The front of the clock, which is charmingly- and subtly-shaped at the top like a butterfly wing, is decorated with intricate plique-à-jour enamel nasturtium flowers in shades of orange, each framed by a halo of delicate green flowers and leaves, while the face of the clock itself features two sweetly painted butterflies. The sweeping, gently angled sides of the clock share this decoration, while the top and back are gold-washed and heavily engraved with similar flowers and vines.

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Item #: F-17985
Artist: Eugène Feuillâtre
Circa: 1902
Dimensions: 6.25" height, 3.5" width, 3.5" depth
Materials: Silver, Plique-à-jour enamel, Enameled brass clock face
Signed: "Feuillâtre Sc.," clockworks incised "Lepine Aiguilles 28962"
Provenance: Collection of Jerome Shaw, Florida
Literature: Similar clock pictured in The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. V: Objects d'Art and Metalware, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1999, p. 255
Exhibition History: Shown at La Société des Artistes Français in 1902

Eugène Feuillâtre achieved great fame for his own designs, but is best known as the master enamellist for René Lalique.