Vienna, second quarter of the 19th century
- gilt bull's-eye frame
- oil on metal
- verge escapement, half hour strike on wire gong, repeater
- 19¼×22½ in
This charming small picture clock has a metal sheet with a masterly painted view of an alpine village. The numerous details and the skillfully staged figures and animals indicate the workshop of C. L. Hoffmeister as the source of the painting. Hoffmeister was the most famous painter of Viennese picture clocks. A wound street draws the eye of the viewer into the painting. On the street is a group of figures with a small dog which looks up at the church’s tower, in which the dial of the picture clock is integrated. An idyllic farm house with flower decoration and a pigeon cot imparts the romantically transfigured perception of country life during the Biedermeier area.