Kipling de Freitas

French Deco Harlequin Watch

Regular price $ 175.00 $ 0.00
A gift of art that brings with it the Art Deco spirit of early 20th-century Paris. Art Deco is characterized by straight lines and straight-lined geometric shapes and, at the time of its genesis, was simply a phase of Art Nouveau. The term Art Deco in English was coined by the art historian Bevis Hillier and first appeared in his treatise Art Deco of the 20s and 30s of 1968. It’s actually a diminutive of words taken from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes held in Paris in 1925, an exhibition that was organised by La Société des Artistes Decorateurs.

The Harlequin pattern of the watch is, of course, taken from the pattern of the suit of the famous Harlequin character that first appeared in the Commedia dell’arte all’improvviso. The Commedia dell’arte, as its full name suggests, was a form of street theatre based on improvised impromptu performances that developed in 16th-century Italy and which gave birth, it is thought, to travelling companies of professional actors. The design is a repeated stylized diamond like the one on playing cards, alternately coloured in red and black, i.e. chequered.

Art Watch: stainless-steel and rhodium case with coin bracelet, hand enameled. Quartz movement. Imported. Case: 1'' Length x 0.75'' Width; adjustable fit.