Mantel and Table Clocks

Half hour striking mantel clock “Music lesson”

    Half hour striking mantel clock “Music lesson”

    Russian Empire, Saint-Petersburg

    The 1830-1840s

    Samuel Wehl workshop, Hubert Kreitz, Louis-Gabriel Brocot

    Bronze, metal, enamel, steel, blued steel; casting, fire gilding, mechanical work, chasing, polishing

    57.5 x 32.5 x 16 cm

    On the dial: “REPASSĖ PAR H. KREITZ / S T PETERSBOURG”, on mounting plate: “72”, “1095”, “BROCOT A PARIS”, on pendulum: “1095”, lentil-shaped mark with inscription: “S: WEHL / ST. PETERSBURG”


    The clock is mounted in rectangular gilded bronze polished case with onlay embossed ornament on the front side, protruding cornice with ornament of stripes and chains of beads on the socle, ovoid and foliage patterns along the upper concave edge, on four ribbed supports and foliage ornament on the front side. Onlay ornament of mascarons and leaves is on the front vertical ribs. Sculptural composition with the figure of a young barefooted angler in knitted hat, with short cape on one shoulder and an icon on his neck, sitting on the stone is on the case top panel. The man speaks to a boy with Neapolitan mandolin in his hands, sitting on his lap. Anchor with fishing net is to the left, the caught fish is at his feet.

    White enamel dial with Roman numerals for hours’ designation and minutes’ divisions on the external ring is on the front panel. Two apertures with pins for clockwork and clock strike and two shamrock-shaped blue-finished steel hands are on the dial. The lever for the clockwork adjustment is on the bezel. The inscription: “REPASSĖ PAR H. KREITZ / S T PETERSBOURG” is on the dial. A chain of beads and rectangular cartouche with curls and flower garlands frames the dial. Round aperture through which the clock movement is visible is in the case rear side, lentil-shaped mark with the inscription: “S: WEHL / ST. PETERSBURG” is below.

    The clock movement is pendulum, on spring suspension, with half an hour strike of the hammer upon bell, with the counter on notch wheel, two spring motors and the inscription: “BROCOT A PARIS”. Winding key is in the set.