Pieter Braecke (Nieuwpoort 1858-1938 Brussels) Mantelpiece clock 'Le Jour et La Nuit', circa 1900 Patinated bronze, sand-casted H 42 x W 64.5 x D 10 cm Reworked by hand, with hammering and chasing, most likely a unique prototype; hands and clockwork missing. Recorded in a personal portfolio belonging to the artist (private coll.) Provenance: the artist's studio after his death in 1938; sale Christie’s, Monaco, 6 December 1987, lot 53, as: 'Victor Horta & Pierre Braecke'; sale at Boisgirard, Paris, 26 January 2001, lot 77, as: 'Victor Horta & Pierre Braecke'; private collection, Belgium
The present mantelpiece clock was recently rediscovered as the sole effort of sculptor Pieter-Jan Braecke (1858-1938) through a vintage photographic reproduction in one of the artist's albums (private collection). The figures are closely related to the clocks designed by Pierre Braecke in collaboration with Victor Horta for Armand Solvay and Octave Aubecq. No other versions of the present clock have been recorded.