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Figural Wall Clock “Mercury”

Figurale Wanduhr „Merkur”

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Vienna, first quarter of the 19th century

Case
lime wood carved, mounted and gilt
Dial
enameled
Movement
anchor escapement, Viennese grande sonnerie on bells, reversing lever for petite sonnerie, repeater, turn-off for strike, indication of date
Height
31 in

The Roman god Mercury is equal to the Greek god Hermes. The messenger of the gods is depicted holding a caduceus and wearing a winged helmet and winged shoes. He is also known as patron of the merchants.

The carved figure of Mercury has a particularly aesthetic and elegant posture, the cloth folded in numerous pleats is draped around the figure and clock.

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