Bohemian Faience Elephant Form Mantle Clock
Bohemian Pottery Japanesque Faience Elephant inset with Ansonia Mantle Clock, Circa 1885
the rectangular clock placed within the houdah atop the pink caparisoned cloak on the elephant. The faience figure by the Bohemian factory of Julius Dressler at Biela (active 1880s - 1940s). The clock works marked to face, and with numeral 2/1656. The undercarriage of the elephant with applied "lighthouse" mark of JD, model or shape number 502.
11" H., 10 1/2" L., 5" D.
Excellent condition, tips of tusks intact.
Objects that combine ceramic and metalware objects were very popular with tourists on the Grand Tour of Europe after 1880. Such exotic wares were sold by high-end retailers all over Europe, seeking to supply Beaux Arts objects to American tourists. The custom of the tourists helped to keep alive many a Continental and English retailer.