A GERMAN POLYCHROME IRON WALL CLOCK WITH QUARTER STRIKING CA. 1585
A POLYCHROME IRON
WALL CLOCK WITH QUARTER STRIKING
CIRCA 1585 GERMANY
The polychrome iron case has two doors to the sides and is surmounted by two superimposed bells in an elaborate two-tier bell strap, embellished by rosettes, a larger one at the top. The paintings on the doors depict a vase with an abundance of flowers in various colours.
The polychrome arched dial has two chapter rings, the larger one for the hours, the smaller one for the quarters. The hour chapter ring has Roman numerals I-XII with diamond-shaped half-hour divisions and Arabic numbers 13-24. The quarter-hour ring has Roman numerals I-IIII. The time is indicated on each ring by an iron hand. The quarter-hour ring is flanked by painted and scrolling leaf motifs. Above the hour ring a sun and a moon are painted, whilst the arch depicts two wind blowing personages.
The weight-driven three-train iron movement is constructed between four vertical iron bars between top and bottom plates. The going train has vertical verge escapement with a balance situated between the twin top plates. The quarter-hour striking train controlled by a countwheel indicates the quarters on the smaller bell, on the hour followed by the hours on the larger bell, also controlled by a countwheel.
Duration 12 hours.
Height 44 cm.
Width 13 cm.
Depth 15 cm.
Horloges Rustique de la Collection Meister, Zurich, Musée International d’Horlogerie La Chaux-de-Fonds (Suisse) blz. 18 en 19.