Mantel and Table Clocks

Half hour striking mantel clock “The young maiden in the gazebo”

    Half hour striking mantel clock “The young maiden in the gazebo”

    Russian Empire, Saint-Petersburg

    The 1830-1840s

    Samuel Wehl workshop

    Bronze, brass, steel, enamel, wood; casting, gilding, mechanical works, chasing, soldering

    49 x 33 x 14 cm

    On clockwork mounting plate: “9421”, lentil-shaped mark on the case with the inscription: “S: WEHL / ST. PETERSBURG” and “No.11”


    The clock is mounted in cast case gilded bronze case of the complicated form, on the stand with onlay embossed ornament ending with volutes and separating the polished panels of the front side that are framed by Ionics, on six adjustable supports. The ornament in the shape of the basket with natural blessings, bow, bagpipes, and quiver with arrows in the center and bows with flowers on the sides is on the central panel. Sculptural composition with the figure of a young girl in melancholy attitude, sitting in openwork gazebo, decorated with flower garlands is on the case top. A wreath is on the girl's head, a bonnet is in her right hand. Cast rocaille with Putti figurines on the sides is on the openwork gazebo dome; three grooves with chased ornament are on the case sides.
    White enamel dial with Roman numerals for hours’ designation and minutes’ divisions, with two apertures with pins for winding the clock and clock strike and two trefoil-shaped blued steel hands, in bezel with orderly ornament is on the case front panel. Round aperture is in the case rear side, the clock movement is visible through it, lentil-shaped mark with the inscription: “S: WEHL ST. PETERSBURG” is below, fastenings in the shape of wooden blocks are inside. The clockwork is pendulum, on silk suspension, with half an hour strike of the hammer upon bell with counter on the  notch wheel, lever escapement and two spring motors.