Frisian clocks are a household name in the Netherlands.
Since the 18th century, hang out in the Netherlands Frisian
clocks in the form of the Frisian tail clock.
The Frisian clock was manufactured from 1770 until about 1890.
Typical of the Frisian clock are i.a. the painted dial plates, often with images of the four seasons in the corners.
Top left is Flora as goddess of spring, top right the pointers is the summer represented by Ceres, then right under Pomona or Bacchus for fall, and left under Vesta with the fire for winter.
The later Frisian tail clocks often have ornaments of latoen on the dial plate, and even later are the dials even whole of pressed brass as with the French comtoise clocks.
Art Nouveau furniture and decoration.
Belgium and France.
Art Nouveau offers a synthesis of all arts and banishes the
distinction between arts with capital A and small a.
Within the Art Nouveau are rehabilitated arts creations previously reserved for only the so-called “noble” arts.
The emphasis is put on "release", asymmetry and dynamic game.
All forms are in every detail involved in the decoration.
The decorative patterns may show an abstract linear trend.
However, they are more often of figurative nature.
They are rooted in nature, and are responsible for a symbolic content.
The colors are soft and delicate. Pastel shades of blue, green, grey, pink, purple, and beige are used, particularly in bricks and ceramics.
The used materials are glass, metal, stone and brick, as
well as wood.
The wood used for making furniture is multiple, gold-plated or solid mahogany, oak, walnut, pear, ebony and sycamore (for marquetry). Emile Gallé, Louis majorelle and Eugène Gaillard are the most representative.