Wall and Console Clocks

Musical half hour striking console clock

    Musical half hour striking console clock

    Switzerland, Neuchatel

    Circa 1765

    Wood, metal, enamel, glass; casting, gilding, veneering, mechanical work

    132 x 52.5 x 23 cm


    Musical console clock in wooden mahogany veneered case, with cast gilded bronze foliage ornament, mascarons, on four leaves-shaped feet with small glazed windows in gilded ribby frames on lateral sides. The case upper part is decorated with the composition featuring gilded acanthus leaves and musical instruments. Ornately shaped door with convex top round glass, flat bottom glass, a lock and a key, with openwork cast ornament in the form of acanthus leaves, laurel branches and musical attributes is on the case front side. Roman numerals marking hours, and minutes’ scale with Arabic numerals every fifth division are on round white enamel dial with two black ornately shaped hands and two apertures for winding the clock and the chime. The musical movement is under the clock mechanism. The movement consists of carillon with twelve bells and twenty-two hammers, spring motor, fusee and pinned cylinder for nine melodies. It turns on every hour or optionally. Winding hole with the pin for winding the musical movement and the cord for its optional turning on is on the right side. The clock is mounted on the console with mascaron, musical instruments, cast foliage ornament and two straight mouldings with embossed gilded bronze inserts. The clockwork is pendulum with two spring motors, verge escapement, power reserve for five days and half hour chiming. Two keys are in the set.