Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery

Clock

ca. 1935 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This Art Deco-style clock was made in Shanghai, the most fashionable Chinese city in the 1930s, and also the most technologically advanced. It is not known if B.E. Co. was a foreign firm trading in China. The consumer would have been either a Chinese eager to adopt a western life style, or a Westerner living in China at that time.


object details
Category
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Clock
  • Key
Materials and Techniques
Wood and steel
Brief Description
Art Deco style clock with key, wood and steel, by B.E. Co., Shanghai, ca. 1935
Physical Description
Art Deco style clock with key.
Dimensions
  • Height: 27cm
  • Width: 23cm
Style
Credit line
Given by Pamela Marchant
Object history
Wedding present given to two Scots, Lieut Tom Marchant and Robina Bookless, who got married in Chongqing, west China, in 1935.
Summary
This Art Deco-style clock was made in Shanghai, the most fashionable Chinese city in the 1930s, and also the most technologically advanced. It is not known if B.E. Co. was a foreign firm trading in China. The consumer would have been either a Chinese eager to adopt a western life style, or a Westerner living in China at that time.
Collection
Accession Number
FE.565:1, 2-2007

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record createdApril 9, 2008
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