POLYCHROME PAINTED IRON WALL CLOCK Ca. 1590 Germany
POLYCHROME PAINTED IRON WALL CLOCK
The weight-driven forged iron movement is constructed between vertical bars and consists of going and striking trains. The going train has a vertical verge escapement with balance wheel, which is situated under the bell. The striking, which is constructed behind the going train, is regulated by a count wheel and indicates the hours fully on a bell. The left-hand side front corner bar is punch marked.
The arched iron dial is painted and has a Roman chapter ring with half-hour markers in the shape of a red lozenge. The time is indicated by a single iron hand which has a pointer in the shape of a hand, whilst the tail is in the shape of a moon crescent. The hand is mounted on the hour wheel, which is embellished with a painted sunburst motif. There are painted columns on either side of the chapter ring, with a tiled floor below. The arch depicts an owl and a sandglass, flanked by a living branch and a dead branch, all symbols of transitoriness.
The iron case is open on all sides except the front and is embellished by iron Gothic ornaments. The case is surmounted by a bell in a richly made iron bell strap, adorned by rosettes and other ornaments.
Duration 12 hours.
Height 35 cm.
Width 16 cm.
Depth 16 cm.