Vienna, last quarter of the 18th century
26 ¾ in
Contemporary Art. Exclusive Antiques.
A rack clock uses its own weight (which is enhanced by an additional lead weight) as a power source. It gradually descends a toothed rack which meshes with the first wheel of the train. Winding is achieved by pushing the clock to the top of the rack again. Most Viennese rack clocks were created during the last quarter of the 18th century and are a well-sought rarity today.