Mantel and Table Clocks

Hour striking mantel clock with the figure of the 17th century French officer

    Hour striking mantel clock with the figure of the 17th century French officer

    Russian Empire, Saint-Petersburg

    The 1830-1840s

    Samuel Wehl workshop

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

    53 x 34 x 14 cm

    On the case rear side: “No.8” and mark with inscription: "S: Wehl St. Petersburg"


    Round clock work is mounted in rectangular gilded case comprised of two tiers. Volumetric cast onlay front side of the case is made as the composition comprised from shoots, acanthus leaves and curls, placed on repoussed background. Cartouche with the image of a fruit vase is the composition center. Ornately shaped wands are horizontally located on the cartouche sides. The composition is enclosed in double fluted frame. Ribbon border with arcs and pearls is below. Plinth with leaves, volutes is beneath it. The plinth merges to rocailles, serving as front feet, and openwork leaves covering the corners. Two polished feet are screwed down on the rear side. Curls rise up towards the clock dial on the front side. Gilded metal dial is framed by bezel with pearl beads’ chains. Minutes’ divisions and black Roman numerals for hours’ designation are on the external dial ring. Cast embossed foliage composition is in the center. Central openwork hands are black and blue-finished. Round apertures with square pins for the winding key are near the four and eight o’clock marks. The clock is with half an hour strike upon bell and two spring motors. Cast gilded sculptural composition is mounted on the case upper side. The composition features the 17th century French officer figurine. The officer is wearing a military-style justacorps belted by scarf, knee-length harem pants decorated with ribbons and boots with tops. Broadbrim with ostrich feather is on his head, a scarf is on the neck, wide richly traced cross belt with sword crosses his shoulder. He holds a warning bugle in his right hand. The officer's long hair, moustache and small beard are in line with the latest trends of fashion of the time. Marine attributes – an anchor with rope, a cannon half buried in the ground and an axe are near the figure. Round window through which the clockwork is visible is in the central part of the case smooth rear side. Lentil-shaped mark with the inscription: "S. Wehl St. Petersburg" and number “8” are on the bottom part. Winding key is in the set.