Mantel and Table Clocks

Russian style half hour striking mantel clock

    Russian style half hour striking mantel clock

    Russian Empire, Moscow

    Circa 1883

    Sokolov art bronze factory (case), S. Marti et Cie (clockwork)

    Steel, brass, bronze, enamel, glass; casting, chasing, gilding, mechanical works

    66.5 x 41.3 x 22.8 cm

    On the mounting plate: “258”, “4>8”, GP 303”, 5 125441”, “MEDAILLE DE BRONZE S.Marti et Cie”, on socle : “А.СОКОЛОВЪ/МОСКВА”, the State Emblem image


    The clock in gilded bronze case in the shape of architectural building in the so-called Russian style, which became widespread and became official in the 1880-1890s. It is mounted on rectangular socle on four volute-shaped supports.

    The foundry mark and the State Emblem image are on the polished top panel. Ionic ornament is on the socle moulding, embossed foliage pattern is on slopping panels with curved bottom edges. Figure column is on the front side, massive figures of fancy creatures with rooster heads, wings and paws are on the lateral sides. Their long tails are twisted; beaks with long tongues are wide opened. Onion-shaped dome with embossed flower medallions and foliage patterns, framed by Ionics along the bottom edge is mounted on the roof with eight sloping surfaces with mesh pattern, typical for Russian temples.

    Palmette shaped pattern is on case the front side top part. The pattern comprised of beads, volutes and curls is on the bottom part. The clock dial is mounted above the column, behind the glazed lid. White enamel dial with radial Roman numerals for hours’ designation; minutes’ divisions are on the external ring, two apertures with pins for winding the clock and its strike and two Breguet hands made of blued steel. Chain of beads along the external edge and aperture with escapement control pin are on the goldish bezel. Round aperture is on the rear case side, the clock mechanism is visible behind it. The movement is pendulum, on spring suspense , lever escapement, two spring motors, half an hour strike upon bell with the counter on the notch wheel, numbers and round stamp with inscription “MEDAILLE DE BRONZE S.Marti et Cie ”.

    The case was presumably made according to the project of the Moscow architect Alexander Kaminsky (10.12.1829-17.12.1897).