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Mantel Clock with Visible Balance Wheel, Peter Götz attrib.

Kommodenuhr mit sichtbarer Unruhe Peter Götz zugeschr.

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Vienna, first quarter of the 19th century

Clockmaker
most likely Peter Götz/Gösz,
Vienna, clockmaker 1818, mentd. 1819
Case
polished mahogany veneer, partly ebonized
Dial
engine turned and fire-gilt bronze (ormolu)
Movement
inverted verge escapement, visible balance wheel (glazed oculus beneath the dial) connected to the movement by a long transmission shaft, Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs, repeater, turn-off for strike
Height
14 in

The gifted clockmaker Peter Götz is known for the technically intricate and optically beautiful as well as interesting solution of attaching the balance spring visibly, but separated from the verge escapement and connecting it to the crown wheel with a long precise arbor.

This elegant mantel clock from the first quarter of the 19th century is also probably made by the talented master. Below the dial, there is a small glazed oculus with a fire-gilt bronze ring, through which the balance wheel can be seen. It is connected by a long transmission arbor to the movement with inverted verge escapement. The movement is additionally equipped with a Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs with repeater and a turn-off lever for the strike. The tasteful case is covered with polished, partly ebonized mahogany veneer. It consists of a base with four fire-gilt bun feet, two pedestals with profiled and ebonized fillets and has a semicircular pediment. The engine turned and fire-gilt dial is decorated with Roman numerals. The reduced shape of the noble case highlights the extraordinary movement technology of this wonderful timepiece.

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