decorated with cloisonné enamels by Antoine Tard depicting birds and floral motifs
in the Japanese taste against a turquoise blue ground, the base ornamented with
motifs of Chinese inspiration against a lacquer-red enamelled ground, the gold handle
and clock hands decorated with griffin heads, the interior of the door to the reverse
enamelled Royal blue and bearing the gold signature of Baugrand, the highly
stylised characters imitating Japanese calligraphy.
For this rare work in the Oriental taste, Baugrand sought the talents of the
enameller Antoine Tard, whose collaborations with Christofle et Cie and
Alexis Falize were chronicled at the Exposition Universelle of 1867 in Paris.
6.1 cm high