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Tree of Knowledge Clock

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Anonymous as part of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

It is dated ca. 1930. Its medium is mother-of-pearl, diamonds, enamel, malachite, lapis lazuli, rock crystal, abalone, coral, onyx, gold.

This clock combines strong lapidary skills in the lapis rams and water centered by a mosaic created by Vladimir Makovsky, a Russian émigré in Paris, who worked in mixed mother-of-pearl, rock crystal, and hardstones, which he also used for panels set into cigarette and vanity cases.

It is credited Lent by Siegelson, New York.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 17.8 × 5.1 × 16.5 cm (7 in. × 2 in. × 6 1/2 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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