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Impressive Picture Clock “Alpine Landscape” C. L. Hoffmeister, attrib.

Beeindruckende Bilderuhr Alpine Landschaft C. L. Hoffmeister, zugeschr.


Vienna, second quarter of the 19th century

gilt bull’s eye frame
verge escapement, Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs, repeater, musical movement with two tunes by “A. Olbrich in Wien”
oil on metal
38¼×51¼ in

Exceptionally prestigious picture clock with very refined quality in its depiction. Hoffmeister skillfully composed the ideal landscape as the backdrop for his detailed, vital staffage of figures; the dial integrated into the church tower, the idyllic farmhouses, the river and – lying in an atmospheric mist – the lake, the grazing cattle, and the house of a beekeeper, where hikers stop to ask for directions. This monumental picture clock shows the wealth and abundance of the Alps, a landscape flowing with milk and honey.

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