Long-case Clocks

Long-case musical clock with organ and cymbals

    Long-case musical clock with organ and cymbals

    France, Paris

    circa 1806

    Luigi Cherubini, Peter Bofenschen

    Wood, metal, steel, brass, glass, fabric; casting, carpentry, veneering, , varnishing, gilding, mechanical work

    212 x 67 x 49 cm, 100 kg

    On the dial: “Peter Bofenschen á Paris”


    Disc music box is mounted in vertical mahogany veneered wooden case. The case is vertically divided in three major parts: high smooth base, middle part and stepped frieze. The facade sides with metal narrow rim are decorated with herHmas with casted gilded elements. The hermas support the frieze with rectangular plaque with bas-relief image of four putties with books and astronomical instruments. Openwork plates with the images of lire and laurel branches are near the plaquette. A clockwork  in  the separate space in the shape of a cube is mounted atop. Round enamel dial with two gold-plated central hands is covered with convex glass in gilded bezel on the hinges. Roman numerals mark hour and minute graduations with Arabic numerals denoting quarters of an hour. The hour hand in the shape of a rolled up snake that indicates the scale divisions. The minute hand is made in the form of a thyrsus entwined with ivy - an essential attribute of the ancient Greek god of wine Dionysus. Two apertures are in the dial - for winding the clock and for winding the musical movement. The dial is surrounded by decorative bronze onlays. Bronze cast vase with female heads as handles is mounted on the clock top. The musical mechanism with balance weight drive and pinned wooden barrel is comprised of two musical instruments - organ with twenty-five trumpets; and cymbals with forty-six strings. Four-minutes passage from the opera Lodoiska by Luigi Cherubini is recorded on the barrel. The music is automatically activated at the beginning of every hour, it can be activated manually as well.