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Mantel Clock „Marcus Aurelius“

Empireuhr Marc Aurel

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Vienna, first quarter of the 19th century

Case
patinated, engine turned and fire-gilt bronze (ormolu), fire-gilt bronze mounts (ormolu), caryatides in the shape of mermaids, bust of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius who died in Vienna (Vindobona) in 180 A. D., engraved and fire-gilt reverse side with pierced scrolling foliage
Dial
enamel
Movement
anchor escapement, Viennese grande sonnerie on bells, repeater, indication of date
Measurements
11¾ in

This mantel clock from the early 19th century has a casing with the design vocabulary of the then dominant Empire style. The case is made from engine turned and fire-gilt bronze with patinated accents. On a flat base with bun feet are two mermaids who carry the case drum. On top is a bust of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, who has died in Vienna (at the time called Vindobona) in 180 A.D. The dial out of enamel is equipped with a indication of date. The movement with anchor escapement has a Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs.

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