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Picture Clock, C. L. Hoffmeister, attributed “Stages of Life”

Bilderuhr, C. L. Hoffmeister, zugeschr. Das Stufenalter des Menschen

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Vienna, second quarter of the 19th century

Case
gilt bull’s eye frame
Movement
verge escapement, Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs, repeater, musical movement with two tunes by “Rzebitschek, Prague, no. 1658/24208”
Technique
oil on metal
Measurements
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!

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