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Empire Mantel Clock “In the Boudoir” “J Straub B. in Wien”

Empire-Kommodenuhr „Im Boudoir“ „J Straub B. in Wien“

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Vienna, first quarter of the 19th century

signed
“J Straub B. in Wien”
Clockmaker
Josef Bin Straub
Vienna, mentd. 1800
Case
engine turned and fire-gilt bronze (ormolu)
Dial
made of engine turned and fire-gilt bronze (ormolu), enameled dial and date ring
Movement
anchor escapement, Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs, repeater, indication of date
Height
15 ¾ in

Illustration of a courtly child in the bath with a samovar (the flowing water is represented symbolically by a twisted glass rod), a standing mirror, a lavoir and a stool on which the child sits in a nightgown and washes with a sponge and washcloth. On the side of the clock case are two psyche reliefs.

The clock with the special, very intimate, scenic representation is executed in the finest fire-gilding (ormulu) and engine turning. It is thus a most exquisite piece of work made by the metalworkers and gilders.

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