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Miniature Carriage Clock “Leopold Körner in Wien”

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Miniatur-Reiseuhr Leopold Körner in Wien (verso)

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Vienna, second half of the 18th century

Clockmaker
Leopold Körner/Koerner I,
Vienna, *1726, 1779–97 master, 1796 superintendent, †1807
Case
fire-gilt bronze (ormolu), glazed apertures on the sides, signed on the reverse side
Dial
enamel front with miniature paintings, (floral decorations; in the lunette an alpine scene with resting family at a wayside shrine)
Movement
verge escapement with fusee, alarm on bell
Height
4¾ in

This delightful miniature travel clock is only 4 ¾ in. high, yet has a finely designed case and an alarm on bell. Manufactured in the second half of the 18th century by the Viennese master clockmaker Leopold Körner (1726-1807), the movement is equipped with a verge escapement with fusee. The delicate case of fire-gilt bronze on four elegant toupie feet has glazed apertures on both sides which allow a view of the movement. The enamel front with painted dial is decorated with miniature floral paintings. In the arched field, an Alpine scenery with a family resting at a wayside shrine can be admired. In addition to the open-worked brass hands for the hours and minutes, there is a smaller third hand on the dial which is used to set the alarm.

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