MANTELPIECE CLOCK, 2003
SILVER, CHAMPLEVE AND BASSE-TAILLE ENAMEL
Oblong and with a low plinth on either side, with circular dial, enamelled in champlevé and basse-taille, with enamelled oak leaves around the circular dial flanked on either side by enamel panels, the German electronic movement controlled by a radio receiver linked to the National Physical Laboratory’s transmitter at Rugby, which broadcasts the national time standard for the United Kingdom, the enamelling by Jane Short, the case by Clive Burr
100 cm. long
The enamel on this clock alludes to the United Kingdom as an island nation, with the oak leaves emblematic of the oak traditionally used to build British warships and the flanking enamel plaques representing the sea.
John Andrews and Derek Styles, Designer British Silver from the Studios Established 1930-1985, Antique Collectors’ Club, Woodbridge, 2015, pp. 434-435, illustrated p. 435.
CLIVE BURR (b.1953)
Clive Burr was born in Nottingham and after graduating with First Class Honours degree from High Wycombe College of Art he attended the Royal College of Art. Following his graduation in 1979 he set up a workshop with fellow graduates. By 1990 he had established his own studio and design workshop with a small team of specialists in Clerkenwell, London. Although well known for his distinctive clocks Clive Burr and his team practice all aspect of gold and silversmithing.
He has been awarded numerous prestigious commissions including presentations for HM The Queen, the Emir of Kuwait, the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Victoria and Albert Museum.