Lilly's Art


Back to category Rack Clocks.

Rack Clock



Vienna, last quarter of the 18th century

carved, polychrome mounted and gilt pine wood
verge escapement, short front pendulum
42 ½ in

This particularly splendid rack clock captivates with its carved, polychrome set and leaf-gilt decor in the style of the late baroque. The rack board is decorated with large shell cartouches. The enamel dial is accentuated by gold-plated scrollwork. The short front pendulum swings in front of the dial. The movement is operated by an unusual mechanism: The heavy movement case is pushed up by hand on the rack, where it slowly slides down again. The rack’s teeth engage and drive the gear train. The rack reminiscent of a saw gave its name to this rare type of clock in German: Sägeuhr. In the 18th century, rack clocks were particularly popular in Austria and Germany.

© 2015-2022 by Lieselotte Setzer GmbH - Lilly’s Contemporary Art Exclusive Antiques
Plankengasse 5, 1010 Vienna, Austria · Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday by appointment.
Showroom K&L (Dorotheergasse 13) Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 11 am to 4 pm
+4315128803 · · Cookie-Settings · Legal Notice · Privacy