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Empire Mantel Clock „Fortune and Opulence“

Empireuhr Reichtum und Fülle

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Vienna, first quarter of the 19th century

Case
engine turned and matt and gloss fire-gilt bronze (ormolu), two viewing windows on the sides, clock drum with glazed reverse side, two cornucopias
Dial
engine turned and fire-gilt bronze (ormolu)
Movement
anchor escapement, Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs, repeater, turn-off for strike
Height
17¼ in

This beautiful mantel clock is a masterpiece of the Viennese Empire period. The exceptionally fine ormolu case is engine turned and has matt and gloss gilding. On an oval base with bun feet are two conical pedestals which carry elegantly curved cornucopias. On the rear side of the base is an ormolu lyre. The engine turned case drum is partly glazed and decorated with a delicate oil lamp.

This Viennese clock type, which can be found in the most important collections, was executed in two sizes. The illustrated time piece ranks among the bigger versions, which are much rarer. It captivates the clock connoisseur due to its superb state of preservation.

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