Wall and Console Clocks

Music console clock with the statue of Mercury

    Music console clock with the statue of Mercury

    Circa 1790

    Wood, shellac, silk, leaf-gold, metal; сarving, gilding, lathe

    Height 106 cm (140 with the bracket); base width 55 cm


    Ebonized and gilt wood eight-day-going, bracket clock, striking hours and quarters, repeating with 12-tune music playing on the hour and on demand. Square case, moulded top with gilt statue of Mercury with his winged helmet and a money pouch in his right hand, two gilt putti at his side, with front decorated over red fabric with applied gilt wood garlands of flowers and scrolling foliate pattern, top with aperture for the dial, lower part with aperture for enamel 12-tune change dial, pierced side panels for sound, the right one with cord to activate the music, the left one with cord to activate the repeater. Bracket with a finial at the bottom and rich gilt wood garland decoration. White enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer minute track with five-minute Arabic markers, winding apertures at 4 and 8 o’clock, regulating aperture at 12 o’clock with aperture for setting the pendulum in motion below. Gilt elaborate hands. Rectangular brass movement, going barrels both for the going and striking trains, verge escapement with silk suspension, rack striking of typical Neuchatel design, pull repeat.

    Musical movement: double barrel with double fusee set one below the other, 15 valves, brass pinned cylinder, fly governor with worm gear.