Pedro Friedeberg Exceptional Surrealist Carved Clock, Giltwood, Mexico 1970s


Pedro Friedeberg (b. 1937)

An exceptional, dreamlike Astroclock sculpture by Mexican Surrealist master Pedro Friedeberg, in carved and gold-leafed mahogany enriched by striking painted overlay — a rare addition for the artist. Twelve fantastical, carved gilt hands for the hours (a humorous take on the “hands” of a clock) radiate from a gilt face adorned with fine geometric sunbursts; one burst encircles the letters “EJ,” the initials of the patron to whom the artist gifted this special commission. With a second row of five spirited hands gracefully supporting astrological symbols. The whole rests on sinuous gilt and red ground legs culminating in Friedeberg’s trademark elongated feet.

A unique piece.


Mexico, 1970s.

  • Origin: Mexico
  • Period: 1970's
  • Dimensions: 19.75" H x 11.25" W x 5" D
  • Materials: Gold leaf, mahogany, black paint, enameled metal
  • Condition: Very good. Wear consistent with age and use.