Memphis Clock by Nathalie du Pasquier and George Sowden for Neos Lorenz Italy

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This porcelain table clock is a Memphis-style timepiece, a design movement characterized by its bold, geometric, and colorful designs that emerged in the 1980s. This particular clock, created by Nathalie du Pasquier and George Sowden for Neos Lorenz in 1988 Italy, stands as an iconic example of the Memphis design philosophy.

The porcelain is crafted with expertise by Alessio Sarri, renowned for his manufacturing and contributions to numerous Memphis movement pieces, including those by Ettore Sottsass. The pattern on the clock showcases a playful and expert use of polka dots, horizontal lines, and diagonal stripes, which together redefine the balance of the asymmetrical porcelain body. This body, in pure Memphis style, appears to defy gravity, boldly holding the clock face within a shiny square encrusted into the porcelain.

Its design may evoke the works of Roy Lichtenstein with its use of similar patterns.

Despite its age, the clock is noted to be structurally sound and fully functional, though it bears various signs of wear. Yet, it remains a beautiful and enjoyable piece. See photos for details.