Mantel and Table Clocks

Half an hour striking mantel clock with the figures of a horse and a dog

    Half an hour striking mantel clock with the figures of a horse and a dog

    Russian Empire / France, Saint- Petersburg / Montbeliard

    The 1840s

    Samuel Wehl workshop, J Pierre-César Honoré Pons

    Bronze, brass, enamel, steel, blued steel; casting, gilding, mechanical works, patination, chasing, engraving

    49 x 32.5 x 13.5 cm

    On the case rear side mark with the italics inscription: “S. Wehl St. Petersburg", on the clockwork mounting plate: “Pons. / 2575”


    Mantel clock in rectangular case from patinated brass and embossed gilded bronze onlay ornament, protruding moulding with denticles, on the socle with foliage patterns, garlands and rocaille along the upper concave edge, on four ornately-shaped supports and foliage ornament on the front side. Sculptural composition with the figures of a saddled horse at a hitching post and small dog are on the top platform with gilded embossed surface. The horse head is turned towards the figure of goldish dog near its raised right hind leg.

    Goldish ring-shaped dial with Roman numerals for hours’ designation and minutes’ divisions on the external ring is on front panel. Two apertures with pins for winding the clock and strike are in the dial central part, with embossed ornament in the shape of leaves and flower baskets, and blued steel Breguet style hands. Embossed ornament in the form of leaves and fruit is on the bezel. The clock movement mounting plate is visible behind round aperture with blind cover. Mark with the engraved inscription in italics: “S: WEHL / ST. PETERSBURG” is below the aperture. 

    The clock movement is pendulum on silk suspension with half hour strike of the hammer upon bell with the counter on the notch wheel, lever escapement, two spring motors and inscription: “Pons. / 2575”. Winding key is in the set.