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SOLD - Austrian Silver and Enamel Clock - Antique Circa 1880

A magnificent, fine and impressive antique Austrian silver and enamel clock; an addition to our Viennese enamel collection

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SOLD - Austrian Silver and Enamel Clock - Antique Circa 1880
SOLD - Austrian Silver and Enamel Clock - Antique Circa 1880

Description


This magnificent antique Austrian silver and enamel clock has an oval rounded form onto a figural pedestal and a domed circular base.


The surface of this antique clock casing is embellished with black enamel accented with golden scrolling leaf decoration in addition to applied enamelled cherub motifs.


The posterior of the casing is ornamented with an impressive enamel scene depicting two Roman deities embraced amidst clouds with a cherub/putti grasping the man's robes.


The clock is surmounted with an impressive chased decorated eagle rousant finial.


The clock face is encompassed with an impressive gilded scalloped border and is fitted with a hinged cover with an inset oval glass 'window'.


The cover opens to allow access to the impressive dial ornamented with Roman hour numerals, encircled with enamel scroll and stylised floral decoration.


The posterior of the timepiece allows access to the mechanical settings and fully operational winding mechanism; the clock retains the original key.


The hinged clock face opens to reveal a further enamelled scene depicting a picturesque windmill and cabin in a rural setting; enamel decoration to the interior of the clock casing indicates the high quality of this piece.


This magnificent timepiece is supported by an exceptional bearded fawn figure, accented with enamel to his braces and pan flute; the fawn secures to the base with a screw fitting.


The fawn stands to a circular plinth encompassed with interlacing scrolling leaf designs embellished with multi-coloured enamelling.


The lower portion of the plinth is encircled with an applied plain scalloped border with alternating blue circular motifs.


The black enamel domed base is ornamented with four circular panels of enamel scenes, each displaying a reclined female figure interacting with a winged cherub.


The enamel scenes to the base alternate with applied figural mask designs accented with enamelled scrolling decoration.


The base is supported by four winged cherubim masks, each surmounting a plain scrolling foot.


Condition


This antique clock is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

There is some minor loss to the original black enamel (see image 13); this does not detract from the aesthetically pleasing appearance of this magnificent timepiece.

Although the enamelling is specialised work, it is possible to have the enamel repaired at an additional cost; this work could take between 3-6 months.

The clock is in working order and keeps good time.

There are no hallmarks which can be expected from such a piece; the date and origin can be determined by the composition and decoration.


Reflections in photography may detract from the true representation of this antique silverware.


Dimensions


Height 20.9cm/8.2"

Height of figurine 8.5cm/3.3"

Height of clock face 6cm/2.4"

Width of clock face 5cm/2"

Depth of face and settings 2.2cm/0.9"

Diameter of base 7.1cm/2.8"


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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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