Fresh to the market and after further research, this matching pair of heron clocks was created as part of a set to commemorate the merger and acquisitions of Asprey, the famous London jeweller and Frohmann, the renowned retailer based in Antwerp.
On 1994, the British landmark company Asprey was acquired by the foreign ownership when it was sold to Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei, the Sultan of Brunei’s brother for nearly 385 million US dollars.
The heron symbolises self-reliance, longevity and partnership and was carefully selected for the clock’s design motif to pay tribute to the financial services DTI, an abbreviation of Department of Trade and Industry provided to the Prince during the acquisitions of these companies. Each clock is signed both DTI and Frohmann and their design and construction is very reminiscent of clocks made by Asprey during this period.
Each heron is made from one singular piece of rock crystal which had been hand carved to feature life like details of feathers. Rock crystal is soft and difficult material to work with and creating such a piece would require incredible skill, time and attention to detail. Interestingly the birds are designed wearing 18k yellow gold and multi gem-set taqiyah upon their head and accented with lapis lazuli-set beaks. The legs and feet are carefully detailed to also appear realistic as they sit, set into a lapis pond.
Crafted to a high standard, this matching pair of clocks is very interesting and unique.