Mechanical Compositions

Musical picture wall clock with automaton

    Musical picture wall clock with automaton


    Middle of the 19th century

    Oil painting, carpentry and mechanical work, gilding

    122 х 88 cm

    On the label inside the case: “No. 15677 MUSIQUE DE GENĖVA A 6 AIRS”, “CYLINDRE 7 ¾ Po ĖTOUFFOIRS EN ACIER”, “1. Serénade de Don Pasquale”, “2. Rigoletto La Donna é Mobile”, “3. La Favarite Viens je Cede éperdu”, “4. Valse les Calambes”, “5. Lucie de Lammermoor – Souviens toi qu’en ce domaine”, “6. Traviata Pura Siccome um Angelo”


    Picture clock is a combination of the painted image and clock, the dial being the part of the plot. The picture in wooden frame with ornament covered with leaf gold and glass, connected by hooks-fasteners with wooden case in which the automaton movement, clockwork and musical movement are mounted. The picture is closed by glass with black color and gold frame. Winding hole is on the case right lateral, three buttons are on the bottom side. The canvas depicts the smithery interior, in which moving figures are mounted: rider that holds the horse’s feet, while the blacksmith removes the old horseshoe from the hoof are on the left side. Horse in horsecloth looks at the dog. Four workers near the forge are depicted on the right side: one blows up bellows, two workers with hammers forge hot horseshoes on the anvil, the fourth one heats a rough stock in the forge. Church with tower clock is in the smithery arch is in the picture background. White enamel dial with Roman numerals for hours’ designation and two hands is fixed in the aperture on the canvas. Clockwork is pendulum with lever escapement and hour strike, musical movement with pinned cylinder for six melodies, sound comb and spring motor. One of six tunes sounds every hour, figures move carrying out work operations. Buttons on the case bottom switch on/off clock strike and musical movement.