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a very rare large biedermeier period musical picture clock with three minute repeater c1830


A Very Rare Large Biedermeier Period Musical Picture Clock With Three Minute Repeater. C1830

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Sold by: Overton Clocks of Chesterfield ltd

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A very rare large Austrian musical picture clock dating form around c1830. These clocks were a very expensive purchase and would have been housed in only the finest of homes. This Oil on Canvas Picture is not to be confused with the more common small picture clocks with windmill/automation and single timepieces.
This Picture, measuring 42” x 33” depicts group of gentlemen shooting at a target outside small hamlet set against an alpine lake and mountains. Within the hamlet is a church with a working clock and across the water another church can be seen. The painting is of a very good quality but seems to be unsigned.
Behind the canvas is an eight day clock movement with silk suspension and outside countwheel striking mechanism, this movement striking against a large blued steel gong placed directly behind the church. Next to the clock movement is another mechanism that strikes a smaller, quieter gong placed under the second church. This second mechanism is timed to strike two minutes after the main clock, this is I assume to give the impression of the distant church clocks bells being heard once the sound has travelled across the lake. The tone of the second gong certainly sounds as though they are far away. Quite an achievement for a clock that is 200 years old!
As well as the clock movements, this picture also has a Grande Musical box numbered 11947 playing four tunes on a large pinwheel barrel. The maker of the music box is Nicole Freres and it can be said that he was the finest music box maker of his time. The music box is operated via two levers, one to start and one to change the tune. The mechanism is simply held via a cranked lever that catches the fly, when operated the lever rides up over an indentation that lifts the lever out of the way an allows the pinwheel to rotate one revolution. The tune plays for one minute.
There are four tunes that can be selected via the second lever and these include a rather rare one being “The Waterloo March”. The other songs are “The Switzer’s Return”, “sleeping Maggie Scotch” and “Those Evening Bells”.
These picture clocks were produced during the first half of the 19th century when Francis II (1792–1835), found himself at war with France in the First (1792–1797) and Second (1798–1802) Coalition wars, the prelude to the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815), in which Austria lost further territory. Following further Austrian losses in the Third Coalition War (1803–1806) the future of the Habsburg Empire looked increasingly uncertain. Napoleon had declared himself Emperor of France in May 1804 and was busy reorganising much of the lands of the Holy Roman Empire, and looked to be assuming the title of emperor too, as a second Charlemagne. Francis II responded by proclaiming the Empire of Austria in August, taking the new title of Emperor. In 1806, having held both titles in the interim, he resigned the imperial crown of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, which then ceased to exist.
Following the Congress of Vienna, Austria became part of the German Confederation till the Austro-Prussian War of 1866.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 19th Century.


Height = 1066 cm (419.7")
Width = 838 cm (329.9")
Depth = 20 cm (7.9")

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