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  • Place of origin:

    Shanghai (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1935 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    B.E. Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood and steel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Pamela Marchant

  • Museum number:

    FE.565:1, 2-2007

  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 58 []

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.

Physical description

Art Deco style clock with key.

Place of Origin

Shanghai (made)


ca. 1935 (made)


B.E. Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wood and steel


Height: 27 cm, Width: 23 cm

Object history note

Wedding present given to two Scots, Lieut Tom Marchant and Robina Bookless, who got married in Chongqing, west China, in 1935.

Descriptive line

Art Deco style clock with key, wood and steel, by B.E. Co., Shanghai, ca. 1935


Clocks & Watches


East Asia Collection

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