This set of two magnets features images of the Elephant with Clock and Automata and the Athena and Hermes clock, both currently on display in our Clocks of the World exhibit.
The finely cast and chased elephant is decorated with colorful pastel brilliants. A two-sided clock sits atop the elephant's back, encased in an embossed gold gilt platform and marble base. The back dial of the clock is signed, Brookbank, London. London, late 18th century.
The Athena and Hermes clock case exemplifies the collaboration of several artistic disciplines and workshops. The exquisite figures of Athena and Hermes were likely made by the renowned modeler of the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, Johann Joachim Kandler. The flowers--astounding in their delicate realism--likely came from the French Vincennes Manufactory that specialized in this form.
Halim Time & Glass Museum original.