Austrian mantel clock with an automated dial. Grand sonnerie striking.
This Austrian mantel clock is very attractive. The ebonized wooden case is decorated with numerous themes that are constructed in brass. They include stars, leaves and rococo designs. Seven alabaster columns are fitted in front of a mirror backed gallery. The pendulum swings here. Lions florals and an eagle are carved from wood and treated in gilt paint The surround the dial. Overall, the form is pleasing to the eye.
The dial is porcelain and mounted onto brass. The time ring displays Arabic style hour numerals. The center of this dial depicts the automated scene of two cupids busy forming arrows. Both of which are automated when the clock reaches each quarter hour. The one on the left is standing next to an anvil. He raises his hammer and strikes a blow for each hour. The one on the right pedals a grinding wheel with his leg. One or two revolutions for each quarter hour. Additional brass decoration can be found inside the time ring. I like the dolphin holding the trident. The bezel is also brass and is fitted with convex glass.The time and strike brass movement features a silk thread suspension, is spring powered and is designed to run thirty hours on a full wind. This is typical for this form of this period. The movement features a full strike train. It strike the quarters on a wire gong. Once for the first quarter, twice for the second etc. After that, it strikes the hours on a bell. For example, at 10:45 this clock strikes 3 times on a gone while the cupid on the right is in motion and then 10 times on a bell with the cupid on the left being in motion. This is fun.
This clock measures 27.5 inches tall, 15 inches wide and is 6.5 inches deep.
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