Austria, first quarter of the 19th century
- polished granite and steel
- rotating dial ring (“cercle tournant”) made of blue painted steel, tongue of the snake, made of steel acts as fixed hand
- octofoil plate, outside cadrature, verge escapement with balance wheel, grande sonnerie on bells
- 14 ¼ in
Clocks made of polished granite combined with carved steel are rare and emit a particular elegance due to their refined materials alone. This granite is a medium-grained stone with an attractive blue-grey hue, which was extremely popular during the Habsburg Monarchy. What is unusual, and therefore striking, about this clock, is not just its elegant urn-shaped figure, but also in particular the horizontal chapter ring, a so-called “cercle tournant”. A steel snake winds its way around the upper clock case, displaying the time with its tongue as a fixed hand. The snake has been considered holy since antiquity and represents the art of healing and eternity or immortality – like the everlasting nature of time itself. A second snake winds itself around a medicinal chalice, making reference to Asclepius, the Greek god of the art of healing.