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Regulator „Dachluhr“

Dachluhr

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Vienna, first half of the 19th century

signed
"F. Josef Vorauer in Wien" (on the plate)
Case
polished mahogany veneer, maple stripe inlay, sunburst pediment
Dial
opal glass
Movement
anchor escapement, duration of one week
Height
35½ in

The elegant case of this Viennese regulator, a so called „Dachluhr“, is out of beautiful mahogany veneer with maple stripe inlay. The semicircular pediment is decorated with a sunburst maple inlay. Veneering represents the attachment of thin slices of precious wood to the surface of furniture. Up to the mid-19th century, veneers were produced with a saw, causing substantial material loss. Therefore, the 0.12 to 0.2 in. thick sawn veneers were extremely valuable. Especially the exotic mahogany was so exclusive that the side panels of the regulators were glazed not veneered.

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