Melting Clocks

The melting clocks come from two important traditions in craftsmanship and art: the first refers to 18th and 19th centuries pendulum clocks, the second to 18th century French and German dolls.

The French pendulum clock had a strong ornamental function; usually a figure sculpted and the clock case “interacted” with one another, as it happens in the melting clocks. When you look at a melting clock, you see an artist doll seated on its case or doing something relating to it.
Like antique dolls, these sculptures have mohair or human hair and crystal-glass eyes hand-made, mouth-blown, in Turingia (Germany).

Both doll’s dress and clock case are hand-painted by the artist. The phytomorphic and zoomorphic motives on them are sourced from many historic and cultural styles and art movements from all over the world, nonetheless they look great together: they melt in new patterns.

The melting clocks are one-of-a-kinds. Clock cases are wooden, paperclay and polymerclay. Insert clock movements are superb quality German made units, fitted with diamond turned/polished brass bezels, metal dials and domed lenses. Dolls’dresses are hand-painted hardened textiles. Dolls are one-of-a-kinds sculpted by the artist.

  • Manganese violet melting clock

    The phytomorphic motives are taken from medieval designs. The  zoomorphic ones are taken from 18th century Meissen vases decorated with Japanese designs and from 19th century Persians (Isfahan) textile patterns
    (Dimensions: 7,9” L  x  5,2” W  x  11,8” H)


  • Royal blue melting clock

    The phytomorphic motives are taken from medieval Western and Persian designs.
    (Dimensions: 11,22” L  x  6,3” W  x  17,32” H)


  • Venetian green melting clock

    The phytomorphic motives are taken from:

    -  the “Onion” pattern, from China, appeared in Europe at the beginning of 18th century in porcelain painting;
    -  18th century Indian (Deccan) designs used in embroidery;
    -  Nigerian designs carved on wooden fans.
    (Dimensions: 11,6” L  x  5,5” W  x  17” H)