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Maurice Dufrène Patinated Bronze Dancing Figures Clock


This clock by Maurice Dufrène, in green and brown patinated bronze, features dancing figures of a man and a woman, modeled by Félix Voulot for the Parisian atelier, La Maison Moderne. The daring clock form demonstrates the height and the heart of French Art Nouveau; with it's swinging, sinuous lines and wonderful naturalistic ginkgo leaf details we can consider this unusually patinated clock with lovers, mid-embrace atop of it, to be nothing short of a masterpiece of its time.


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Item#: S-19268
Artist: Maurice Dufrène (clock); Félix Voulot (figural sculpture)
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 21.75" height, 8" width, 5.5" depth
Materials: Bronze, Gilt brass clock hands
Signed: "F. Voulot 1900"
Literature: Clock pictured in The Paris Salons: 1895-1914, Volume V: Objects d'Art & Metalware, by Alastair Duncan, pp. 38 and 227; Clock also pictured in L'Orfèvrerie et Le Bronze, L'Art Decoratif, By Charles Torquet, p. 207
Exhibition History: Similar model of this clock is part of the permanent collection of the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg


While most famous for his Art Nouveau creations, Maurice Dufrène was one of the few to achieve equal renown for his Art Deco work, and was so respected that he was named Artistic Director of the Galeries Lafayette, helping to spread the gospel of good design for the home.