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Mantel Clock “Sultan” with Moving Eyes “Ferdinand Hoser Wien”

Skulpturenuhr „Sultan“ mit Augenwender „Ferdinand Hoser Wien“

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Vienna, first quarter of the 19th century

signed
"Ferdinand Hoser Wien"
Clockmaker
Ferdinand Hoser
Vienna, 1818 master
Case
polychrome mounted and gilt carved lime wood, partly iridescent mounted in the shape of a sultan in magnificent garment leaning against an obelisk
Dial
made of engine turned and fire-gilt bronze (ormolu), enameled dial ring
Movement
anchor escapement, Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs, repeater, turn-off for strike, automaton (moving eyes) coupled with the movement
Height
25 ¾ in

Figural clock cases out of carved, mounted, gilt and/or silvered lime wood are a specialty of Viennese carvers and carpenters during the first half of the 19th century. This mantle clock with moving eyes is an especially beautiful example.

The sculpture clock is carved from limewood, polychrome mounted, partly iridescent, and gilt. The figure of a sultan in a splendid garment sits elegantly in front of an obelisk with his right arm resting on a stone wall on the round clock drum. The bronze dial is engine turned and fire-gilt, the dial ring is enameled. The figure has a so-called moving eyes-automaton, which is coupled with the pendulum and moves the eyes from side to side. The movement with anchor escapement has a Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs. In addition, this clock has a repeater and a turn-off for strike.

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