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Picture Clock “Vallè Interlachen” C. L. Hof(f)meister

Bilderuhr C. L. Hoffmeister Valle Interlachen

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Vienna, 1833

signed
“C. L. Hoffmeister Wien 1833”
Case
gilt bull’s-eye frame
Movement
anchor escapement, Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs, repeater, musical movement with two tunes, operating every full hour
Technique
oil on metal
Measurements
23 ¼×30 in

Interlaken (Latin for inter lacus = between the lakes) lies nestled in a picturesque spot between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the Bernese Oberland. The two lakes are connected by the Aare river, on the banks of which this little town is located. In the Biedermeier period, Interlaken and its breathtaking alpine landscape were an extremely popular travel destination. The splendid painting (oil on metal) is signed by
C. L. Hof(f)meister, the most important painter of Viennese picture clocks. Without a doubt, this is some of the very best works of this grand master and displays his high level of skill in an impressive manner. The dial is integrated into the façade of the former abbey church (now an Evangelical parish church since 1909). In addition to the Viennese grande sonnerie, this wonderful picture clock also features a musical movement with two melodies.

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