Mantel and Table Clocks

Musical quarters striking mantel clock

    Musical quarters striking mantel clock

    France, Lyon

    Circa 1770

    Wood, bronze, enamel, metal; casting, gilding, wood carving, mechanical work

    89 x 48 x 26.5 cm

    dial diameter 14 cm, barrel length 23 cm On the dial: “GLAESNER”, “A LION”


    Musical clock in the shaped form case in the style of Louis XVI from gilded bronze with the figures of seated putti personifying art, - an artist and a sculptor. The case is ornamented by cast pattern in the shape of garlands, bows, curls and leaves, with the finial in the form of an urn with garland, with wooden base on protruding curved corner supports/ It is mounted on rectangular block color wooden stand with protruding corrugated corner columns. The base and stand are decorated with cast gilded onlays in the form of garlands and curls, painting featuring trefoils, the stand upper panels and the base are decorated with gilded belts with ovoid ornament. White enamel clock dial with the Roman numerals for hours’ designation and Arabic numerals for minutes’ designation in five divisions, two ornately shaped engraved hands, two apertures for winding the clockwork and striking and the inscription “GLAESNER”, “A LION” is closed with the glazed door in bezel with embossed ornament and a latch. The glazed door with latch closes the clock rear side, behind which the clock rear mounting plate with two bells is visible.
    A hinged openwork door in the embossed frame with the images of musical instruments and branches with leaves is on the stand front side. A hinged door with openwork lattice and snap shutter opens access to the musical mechanism; the opening doors with openwork foliage ornament are on the sides, an aperture with the rod the spring winding is on the right side. All doors are closed from the inner side with blue fabric. Musical movement – organ comprised of seventeen metal pipes, pinned wooden barrel and spring motor plays one of eight melodies every hour or optionally, when the button on the stand top panel is switched on. Melodies change automatically. The clock movement is pendulum on silk suspension, with lever escapement, two spring motors with fusees, and a quarter striking on two bells with the notch wheel.