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Bracket Clock “Märdin Stadler in Wien”

Barockuhr „Märdin Stadler in Wien“

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Vienna, second half of the 18th century

signed
"Märdin Stadler in Wien"
Clockmaker
Martin Stadler,
*1704, 1740 citizen, around 1745 master, †1769
Case
fruit wood veneered, ebonized and polished, brass rods à l’anglaise, engraved and fire-gilt bronze front (ormolu), medallions with the four seasons, handle and mounts in bronze
Dial
dial ring and subsidiary dials silvered
Movement
rich engraved plate, verge escapement with fusee, Viennese grande sonnerie on bells, repeater, turn-off for strike, indication of date, lunar phase and lunar date optional function control through rotating medallion with Adam and Eve
Height
20 in

This extremely elegant baroque bracket clock was made in the second half of the 18th century in Vienna by Martin Stadler. The clockmaker was born in 1704, made his master 1745 and died in 1769. The veneered, ebonised and polished fruitwood case presents itself with the utmost elegance, with brass rods á l’anglaise and engraved, fine cut brass spandrels. The bronze front is also engraved and fire-gilt and decorated with medallions which show the four seasons and gilt mounts. The dial ring and the subsidiary dials are silvered. In the lower center of the main dial ring with Roman numerals and Arabic minutes a window for the date display is embedded. On a round medallion is a representation of Adam and Eve under the tree of paradise. It is a rotating mock pendulum for an optical function control. The frontal arch panel features the two subsidiary dials for the repeater and the turn-off for strike, as well as the display with the lunar phase and lunar date. The movement has a verge escapement with fusee and a Viennese grande sonnerie on bells. The plate as well as the pendulum bob are decorated with engravings.

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