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Miniature Table Clock

Neogotische Miniatur-Tischuhr

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Vienna, first half of the 19th century

Case
mother of pearl, fire-gilt bronze mounts (ormolu), form language of Laxenburg Gothic
Dial
engine turned and fire-gilt bronze (ormolu)
Movement
cylinder escapement with balance spring and fine adjustement
Height
6½ in

This Viennese miniature table clock from the first half of the 19th century has a delicate mother of pearl-casing with elaborate ormolu mounts. The mounts in the manner of an architectural quotation show the design vocabulary of the so called Laxenburg Gothic (a neo-Gothic style influenced by the architectural sculpture of castle Franzensburg in Laxenburg/Lower Austria). A pair of engine turned columns with foliated capitals and pinnacles frames the central frontispiece, which is divided into three zones. In the lower zone there is pierced tracery with quatrefoils and mouchettes. Above is the dial with plant spandrels with trefoils. The uppermost zone is in the form of an ogee arch with crockets and finials and a tympanum with open worked tracery.

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