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Mantel Clock “Frigate”

Skulpturenuhr „Fregatte”


Vienna, first quarter of the 19th century

polished poplar curled wood veneer, partly ebonized, brass mounts, silver-plated brass sails, rectangular mirrored base, symbolizing the sea, pendulum bob in form of a hippocampus (mythological creature, half horse, half fish)
partly skeletonized dial, fire-gilt brass in the center (ormolu), enameled dial ring
anchor escapement, Viennese grande sonnerie on bells, repeater, turn-off for strike, indication of date
23 ¾ in

This extraordinary mantel clock in the form of a frigate testifies to the outstanding creativity and artistry of the craftspeople in Vienna in the first quarter of the 19th century. The ship is veneered with beautiful polished poplar curled wood, partly ebonized and decorated with brass mounts, the sails are of silvered brass. The rectangular, mirrored base symbolizes the sea. A mythological creature, the hippocampus (half horse/half fish), forms the pendulum bob. The dial is partially skeletonized and decorated with fire-gilt brass in the center. The dial ring is made of enamel. The sculpture clock has an anchor escapement, a Viennese grande sonnerie on bells, a repeater, a turn-off for strike and an indication of date.

A rare collectible piece!

The monogram „J.V.” is a reference to the unknown clockmaker.