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Clock

Attibuted to: Reed & Barton (active Taunton, Massachusetts, 1840-present)

Date: 1880
Medium: Brass and/or copper, silver, fabric rope and unidentified metals
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 1/4 x 10 1/4in. (26 x 26cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase by exchange in part with funds from Mr. and Mrs. William C. Murray, Mrs. Francis M. Metcalf, and Mrs. George A. Harter in memory of Mr. George Harter
Object number: 2001.29
Label Text
At the Centennial Exhibition, Japanese mixed-metal artistic goods proved a potent stimulus to American designers who admired the naturalistic depictions of flora and fauna and the utilization of metals Western craftsmen had not previously considered suitable for decorative arts. To imitate Japanese metals, American manufacturers adopted the use of less expensive materials, textured and colored finishes, and relied on the asymmetrical naturalistic ornamentation seen throughout Japanese art.

This clock exemplifies an American adaptation of Japanese metal arts. The body of the clock is chemically treated and varnished copper. Asymmetrically placed Japanesque silver appliqués of a frog and a lily pad accent the glossy, red-hued surface and create an effect reminiscent of Asian patinated metals and lacquerware.