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Carriage Clock with Double Face

Reiseuhr mit doppelter Zeitanzeige (double face)

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Vienna, first quarter of the 19th century

Case
engine turned and fire-gilt bronze (ormolu), base in shape of a basket with figurines of two kissing rabbits
Dial
frontal dial made of engine turned and fire-gilt bronze (ormolu), enameled dial ring, dial verso open worked and engraved fire-gilt bronze (ormolu), brass dial ring
Movement
cylinder escapement, Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs, repeater, turn-off for strike, alarm on wire gong, double dial work connected with a balance staff
Height
7 in

This Viennese carriage clock from the first quarter of the 19th century is a particularly unusual type with its unique shape! The conception of the empire clock as a freestanding clock with two dials (double face) is of the utmost rarity. The material and technical execution of the bronze clock displays the highest quality.

The base is in the form of a basket with two lateral handles, in which the round clock case is placed. In the basket below sits the kissing bunny couple. The upper end of the carriage clock forms a generous loop with stitch. The engine turning and fire gilding is executed in high quality. The frontal dial is also engine turned and fire-gilt, the dial ring, however, is enameled. In addition, the dial is protected by a glazed door. The dial verso has a differentiated design. The fire-gilt and engraved bronze is finely open-worked and shows flowers and vegetal tendrils. The dial ring is made of brass. The fine adjustment is emphasized by its silver-plated metal disc. The carriage clock has the typical Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs and is powered by a cylinder escapement. In addition, she has a repeater, a turn-off for strike and an alarm on wire gong. The double dial work is connected with a balance staff.

Rabbits are considered a symbol of happiness, they represent sensual pleasure, fertility, vitality and are a symbol for lovers.

 

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