Mantel and Table Clocks

Half hour striking mantel clock “Young girl at a fountain”

    Half hour striking mantel clock “Young girl at a fountain”

    Russian Empire / France, Saint- Petersburg / Montbeliard

    The 1840s – case, late 19th century - clockwork

    Samuel Wehl workshop, Japy Frères & Cie

    Bronze, metal, enamel, steel, blued steel, glass; casting, fire gilding, mechanical works, patination, chasing

    42.3 x 28.5 x 11.5 cm

    On the movement mounting plate: “33”, “80137”, “76”, mark in the crossed letters “JF” with letter “C” in the center, in horse shoe with the inscription “PARIS”; on the case “No.45”; lentil-shaped mark with the inscription: “S: WEHL / ST. PETERSBURG”, on pendulum “2523”; on the key “4”


    Clock is mounted in rectangular patinated gilded bronze case with onlay embossed ornament on the front side, protruding ornately shaped moulding with ornament comprised of beads and leaves, on the socle with foliage ornament on four curls-shaped supports, rocaille and flower garlands on facade. A figure of a girl with wreath on her head and open book in her hands, leaning on lattice fence near fountain decorated with mascaron and rocailles is on the top panel. Her straw bonnet is on the branch near the fountain.

    White enamel clock dial with Arabic numerals for hours’ designation and minutes’ divisions on the external ring, with two apertures for winding the clockwork and strike. Two ornately shaped blued steel hands and painted monochrome ornament are in the center. The dial is on the front panel behind the door with faceted glass. An aperture with pin for escapement adjustment is on the bezel with ovoid ornament. Ornament in the form of ribbed zigzags and curls is above the dial. Round aperture with goldish door with slotted pattern, covered with beige fabric on the inner side is on the case rear side. Number “45” and lentil-shaped mark with the inscription: “S: WEHL / ST are below.

    The clock movement is pendulum, on spring suspension, with half hour strike of the hammer upon bell, with the counter on the notch wheel, lever escapement, two spring motors and the maker’s mark in the shape of crossed letters “JF” with the letter “C” in the center, in horseshoe with the inscription “Paris”. Two keys for winding and adjusting the clockwork are in the set.