Mechanical Compositions

Picture clock with quarter chime and musical movement

    Picture clock with quarter chime and musical movement

    Austrian Empire, Vienne

    middle of the 19th century

    Joseph Olbrich

    Wood, gold leaf, metal, steel, brass; oil painting, carpentry

    73 x 85 cm

    On the musical movement: “Jos. Olbrich in Wien”


    Musical picture clock is combination of the pictorial image and a real clock, the dial is part of the plot. The picture in wooden frame with relief ornament, covered with gold leaf, is connected to wooden case, which houses a clockwork and musical movement. On the left side of the case there is Black cord with white ball at the end and aperture for the clock winding are on the left lateral side. Two cords with balls of different colors are on the bottom side.

    Oil painted metal sheet depicts the interior with three girls and young man with a bouquet of roses; a hat and a letter are in the right bottom corner. White dial with hours’ designation by black Roman numerals two blued steel hands is visible in the aperture on the wall clock image. Three apertures for the clockwork, chime and musical movement winding are next to it. The clock mechanism is pendulum, with day’s winding, lever escapement and a quarter chime. The pendulum consists of a steel rod and a brass lens. Musical movement the name of the master, music paper roll for three tunes, sound comb and spring motor. The cords on the case bottom side activate the clock chime and music movement.