Mechanical Compositions

Musical picture wall clock

    Musical picture wall clock

    Western Europe

    circa 1900

    Wood, metal, canvas, cardboard, enamel, gold leaf; carpentry and mechanical works, oil painting, gilding


    Picture clock is a combination of painted image and clock, the dial is part of the plot. The picture in wooden frame with the ornament covered with leaf-gold is connected by hooks and fasteners to wooden case in which the clockwork and musical movement are placed. Winding holes are on the case right side, three buttons are on the bottom one. Mountain landscape featuring the river, bridge and groups of buildings along the bank is depicted on the canvas. The foreground of the painting is a bridge layout, a church with the tower clock on the right side and rocky cliff with tall tree on the left side. White enamel dial with black Roman numerals for hours’ designation and two hands is on the painted tower. The clockwork is pendulum with lever escapement and an hour strike, musical movement with pinned cylinder, sound comb and spring motor. The melody sounds every hour, the figures of worshippers appear from the church doors, move along the bridge and vanish behind the cliff. The clock musical movement and striking are turned on/off by buttons on the case bottom.