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 “Rzebitschek, Prague, no. 1658/24208”
- oil on metal
- 24×30¼ in
In the 19th century, the depiction of life’s journey from youth to old age was a popular motif. In this picture clock painting, this topic forms part of an idealized landscape representation. In the foreground in front of a farmhouse is a mother with children; to the right by the river is a young couple in love; in the middle of the image are parents with two children on their travels, and lastly, supporting each other as they cross a bridge, we see the mature couple. The dial and windup of the clock are integrated into a little fortress. The distinctive, delicate figural painting and the balanced composition support the attribution of this piece to the famous picture clock painter C. L. Hoffmeister. Exceptional quality!