Antique Gothic Revival porcelain clock by Dagoty & Honoré
French, c. 1830
Height 51cm, width 25.5cm, depth 17cm
This beautiful Gothic Revival style porcelain clock was made by the prestigious French firm Dagoty and Honoré, founded by the esteemed porcelain makers Pierre-Louis Dagoty and Edouard Honoré. Dagoty and Honoré’s factory in Paris was highly regarded in the early 19th century, and it came under the protection of the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon I of France. This green-coloured porcelain clock is one of the later and more accomplished works produced by Dagoty and Honoré, and is shaped to look like a Gothic cathedral, complete with spires, arches, and beautiful gilded highlights.
The clock dial is set into the centre of the cathedral, and around it there are windows, turrets, and arches in the Gothic style. A the bottom there is an arched doorway with a trompe l’oeil scene showing figures in a landscape. At either side of the doorway there are further trompe l’oeil panels depicting Biblical figures, made to look as if they are stained glass panels, and above there further painted windows to the front and sides.
The clock is marked ‘Ancienne Maison Dagoty / Ed. Honoré A Paris / 4 Boulevard Poissoniere’ to the underside.