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Carriage Clock with Stand “Joh: Seitz in Linz”

Reiseuhr mit Tischhalterung Joh Seitz in Linz

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Linz, first quarter of the 19th century

signed
signed on plate “Joh: Seitz in Linz”
Clockmaker
Joh. Seitz
Linz, mentioned 29.8.1816
Case
engine turned and fire-gilt bronze (ormolu) ebonized and polished stand (height with stand 9 ¾ in.)
Dial
made of engine turned and fire-gilt bronze (ormolu), enameled dial ring
Movement
verge escapement, Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs, repeater, alarm on wire gong
Height
7 in

This outstanding example of an Empire travel clock was produced in the first quarter of the 19th century by the famous clockmaker Johann Seitz in Linz. An orrey (38 1/4 in. high) and a mantel clock by Seitz can be found in the Museum of Upper Austria in Linz. The brass movement is signed by the master clockmaker on the plate and has a verge escapement, a Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs, a repetition as well as a turn-off for the strike and an alarm on wire gong. The timepiece impresses with the elegant design of its finest engine turned and ormolu case. The guilloché dial features an enameled chapter ring with Arabic numerals. Its round case made it easy to carry the clock in the luggage. In order to make it pleasantly visible during a stopover or at the destination, a specially made ebonized and polished table stand was carried along, which has fortunately been preserved.

cf.: D&S: Antike Wiener Uhren, Vienna 2005, no. 8.

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