harris strong tile wall clock

Harris Strong Tile Wall Clocks

Owning a Harris Strong tile wall clock is like owning a genuine piece of utilitarian art. Manufactured by the Harris G. Strong Company from the late-1950’s into the 1970’s, these amazing mid-century modern wall clocks are typically made of walnut veneer wood and decorated with the iconic Harris Strong tiles. Harris Strong tiles have bold and unusual colors and glazes, often with raised embossed images. The illustrated tiles always have a fun, abstract vibe, no matter what varied subject matter is depicted. Harris Strong and his team of artisans, which included artist Bill Chaiken, manufactured these tiles in his Brooklyn, New York facility…a former sausage factory! Harris Strong made a variety of elaborate tile art wall hangings, but these clocks are truly impressive timepieces that serve both an aesthetic and practical function. These are Harris Strong wall clocks from our collection…

harris strong tile wall clock

This Mid-Century Modern Harris Strong wall clock measures an impressive 42 inches in length, making it the perfect piece to hang over the sofa or fireplace. It has a classic walnut veneer over its surface, and is decorated with ceramic tiles from artist Bill Chaiken. harris strong wall clockThe clock has a nostalgic Spanish-like vibe, with warm colors in yellow, orange, and red. The twelve triangular tick marks on the clock face are small formed ceramic pieces, and three ceramic tiles to the right depict a landscape scene arranged in a panoramic rectangular design. harris strong wall clockThe original wind-up clock movement was replaced at some point with a battery-powered one, and though I have never found another example of this particular clock, I am certain the hands were replaced with it.

harris strong wall clock

This hard-to-find complete 5-piece Harris Strong wall clock set has a Zodiac theme, with four separate framed tiles representing the signs Leo, Aries, Taurus, and Capricorn. The framed clock has triangular tiles arranged in a classic retro starburst pattern. harris strong wall clockAll of the tiles and ceramic pieces are mounted on glossy white laminate panels and finished in walnut frames. There are a few images of these Zodiac tiles on the web, always in sets of two or three, but this is the only complete set we have seen. The clock unit is 17 1/8 inches square and the tiles are 11 1/8 inches. They each have hangers installed and are designed to hang at a diamond-shaped angle. Again, the clock appears to have been replaced, which is turning out to be a common occurrence. Below are detailed images of each of the four Harris Strong tiles in the set.    harris strong wall clock harris strong wall clock harris strong wall clock harris strong wall clock

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