Mantel and Table Clocks

Half hour striking mantel clock “Shepherdess”

    Half hour striking mantel clock “Shepherdess”

    Russian Empire, Saint Petersburg

    The 1830-1840s

    Samuel Wehl workshop

    Bronze, enamel, brass, steel, blued steel; casting, gilding, mechanical works, chasing

    33 x 24.5 x 11 cm

    On mounting plate: “H.LF”, on pendulum“48”, “419”, on the case lentil-shaped hallmark with inscription: “S: WEHL / ST. PETERSBURG”


    The clock is mounted in cast polished gilded bronze case of complex shape with onlay embossed ornament in the shape of ivy leaves and flowers, with protruding central part, decorated with the lattice and leafy ornament in the center, ribbed patterns on both sides and ornately shaped elements between front supports, on rocaille supports. Sculptural composition featuring the figure of a girl with wreath on her head, cuddling a bird, with the hem of her top dress tucked up in her left hand is on the case upper part. Flower vase is on high console to the left, laurel branches are to the right. White enamel dial with Roman numerals for hours’ designation, minutes’ divisions on the external chapter ring, two apertures with pins for winding the clock and strike, escapement adjusting lever on the bezel with foliage ornament and two blue-finished steel hands is on the front panel. Round aperture is on the case rear side, the clock movement is visible behind it, lentil-shaped mark with inscription: “S: WEHL ST. PETERSBURG” is below it.
    The clock movement is pendulum, on spring suspension, with half an hour striking of the hammer upon bell, lever escapement, and maker mark “H.LF.” on the mounting plate and two spring motors. Winding key with round grip and rod with square-cut orifice is in the set.