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Clock 6

Biedermeier Regulator

42 x 13.25 x 5.75 inches

Biedermeier, rosewood with light fruitwood string inlay, three weight, time (8−day), hour and quarterly striking on each quarter−hour (Grand Sonnerie), Vienna regulator wall clock, Unsigned, made in Vienna, Austria, circa 1835−1845.

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Provenance: Purchased 1965 from George Brandt, Vienna by Ellis Horn. Sold to Elizabeth Lord 4/28/89 for $1200.Case repaired in 1965. Cleaned 1989.

Case: 42" x 5.75" 13.25" Rectilinear wall clock made of rosewood, rosewood veneer with light stringing. The case is surmounted by a solid undulating carved rosewood/mahogany fret consisting of C scrolls, ripple molding, fluted shells and crosshatched carvings. There is a canted rosewood pediment with stringing just above the rectilinear full-length glazed door. The case has chamfered front corners with Ionic capitals at the top. The door is divided into two sections, the square smaller section overlies the dial while the larger one allows one to see the descent of the three brass canister weights and the arc of the ebonized wooden pendulum and large brass bob as it swings inside the case. below the door the case has horizontal ripple molding with ogival canted corner blocks and a large rosewood/mahogany rococo carved, beaded and foliate decorated ball serving as the pedestal and the bottom finial for the case.

Dial: Flat one piece porcelain white dial with gilded piecrust bezel, fine Roman hours, bar minute track, three winding apertures, steel "Beetle & Poker" hands (an enlarged, Viennese version of this design which was made in both 18th century English pocket watches and Simon Willard Grafton Wall clocks in America) and very finely executed. The dial is unsigned.

Movement: This is an arched rectilinear solid brass plate movement with brass pillars, pinned at the front plate, a three- train, eight-day (also made in 30 day versions) movement on a sliding seat board, deadbeat escapement, ebonized wood rod pendulum suspended from the backboard, hour and quarterly strike with trip repeat on demand, struck on two coiled cathedral gongs. The heavy base of the brass bell−shaped gong is screwed to the backboard which then acts as a sounding board to help with full resonance of the gong. The movement is not signed, but it is finely made in the Viennese manner.

Condition: Case − Beautiful and fine condition, a very handsome piece. Dial − Excellent but unsigned. Movement − Complete, original, genuine and functional.


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