Albatross mantel clock

c. 1884–1886

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

Featuring leaves and bees in an asymmetrical composition, the tiles in this clock reflect a Japanese taste. During the late 19th century, Low Art Tile Works was one of America's most innovative potteries, and produced a wide variety of utilitarian tiles. Besides their usual line of tiles for fireplaces and floors, the Low Works produced an exceptional group of ceramic and metal clocks. Due to limited production and their inherent fragility, clocks by Low are extremely rare.

As this clock demonstrates, the designers and craftsmen who worked for the Low Works had extraordinary talent. Not only are the reliefs of bumble bees and leaves beautifully molded and glazed in a deep teal blue, but each is unified with one another through the use of brass elements decorated with Chinese cloud motifs. The overall effect is one of great elegance and unity of composition.

**Adapted from**

* Kevin W. Tucker, Label text [1990.134], 2006.
* Charles Venable, DMA unpublished material, 1990.

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  • Title: Albatross mantel clock
  • Date Created: c. 1884–1886
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 12 3/32 x 9 3/4 x 5 7/8 in. (30.69 x 24.76 x 14.92 cm.)
  • Type: Furnishings
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/4354257/
  • Medium: Brass, glazed earthenware, and porcelain
  • Manufacturer: New Haven Clock Company
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, The Hamon Fund, gift of Mr. and Mrs. N. Page Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Jay Gillette