Mantel and Table Clocks

Musical quarter striking table clock with calendar and automaton

    Musical quarter striking table clock with calendar and automaton

    Germany, Rinteln

    Circa 1760

    George Wilhelm Bolte

    Wood, bronze, brass, glass, plaster; casting, gilding, silvering, wood carving, carpentry and mechanical work

    Height 97 cm, dial diameter 31.5 cm

    Inscriptions on scales: “Spielen”, “Stillen”, “1 March”, “2 Menuet”, “3 Menuet”, “4 Trio”, “5 Polonaise”, “6 Allegro”, “7 Allegro”, “8 Choral”. On the dial: (Inscription in German), “Georg. Wilm. Bolte Rinteln”


    Musical clock in painted with dark brown color wooden case, with profiled cornice, with embossed wooden and plaster gilded decorative elements, on the base and four supports. Carved gilded foliage ornament is on the vaulted dome. Arched doors with openwork lattices, closed from the inside with beige fabric are on the lateral sides and cords for random switching on the repeater and musical movement. Silver plated dial shield with cast gold-plated onlays on the corners and around small index is on the case front side behind the glazed arched door in cellular frame with lock. Ring-shaped clock dial with Roman numerals for hours’ designation and Arabic numerals for minutes designation in five divisions, with two ornately shaped hands, three apertures for winding the clock escapement, chime and musical movement, calendar with odd digits from 1 through 31 and the hand, with engraved inscriptions in the central part: the watchmaker signature «Georg. Wilm. Bolte Rinteln” and text in poetic form in German. The engraved stylized images and automaton are above: putti with a movable hand with a stick is to the left, a grinding mill with volumetric movable windmill sails is to the right, a silvery cogwheel with floral ornament is between them. The indicator for eight melodies with the hand and small indicator for stopping the musical mechanism off with the hand and inscriptions in German “Spielen”, “Stillen” are on the upper arc scale. Wooden lattice with green coaster is on the rear side top part, the detachable panel is on the bottom. The clock mechanism is pendulum with lever escapement, three spring motors, quarter strike upon a bell with repeater, and hour strike upon the other one. Musical movement - twenty-two bells with thirty-six hammers Carillion, with fusée and pinned cylinder for eight melodies is activated every hour or randomly simultaneously with the movement of the putti’s hand. The movement of the mill sails is determined by the clock, and the movement of the cogwheel is determined by the release gear. The clock escapement, clock striking and musical movement are key winded.