Telechron Train Station Clock and Paul Evans Furniture at Akiba Antiques

Published May 27th, 2021 by Akiba Galleries

In the early 20th century, American inventor Henry Warren sought a better clock motor. Popular battery-powered clocks were often unreliable and prone to mistakes. Warren eventually developed the world’s first synchronous electric clock to solve that problem. General Electric purchased Warren’s firm, Telechron, after the company supplied countless clocks for cities, train stations, and households. Akiba Antiques’ upcoming sale will feature a cast bronze Telechron clock designed for a train station. It features acorn motifs along the sides and was likely produced in the late 1920s or early 30s.

Interior design collectors will find pieces by Paul Evans, Billy Baldwin, and Adrian Pearsall in the catalog. One of Evans’ signature Cityscape benches is a leading lot. Characterized by an irregular mix of metal and wood, the Cityscape series emphasizes light and patterns. A brutalist cube by Pearsall is notable as well. While brutalism started as an architectural movement, the rugged and industrial style later spread to furniture and interior design. The available cube features brutalist rough edges, bronze finishes, and stark surfaces. Those interested in fine art can consider works by Patrick Schiavino, Tom Wesselmann, Mariam Miller, and Alissa Siegel. Visit LiveAuctioneers for the complete catalog and to place a bid.

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