Materials: Construction wood oak, veneered with mahogany. Fire gilded brass and bronze fittings, brass movement with enameled dial, brass encased lead weights, pendulum with brass lens, iron locks.
Case: Three-story articulation. On a low pedestal stands the cabinet-like pendulum case with fluted quarter-circle column stumps worked as doors on the sides. Set on top of this is the narrower clock case, richly decorated with gilded mouldings, chequer plates, rosettes and a large bronze plaque, these with individually cast appliqués screwed to the back.
Movement: Rectangular brass solid plates, eight-day movement, solid steel pin lever with flat pins. Pendulum with pendulum spring, weight drive with bands over loose pulleys and rope drums, round weights. Hour striking mechanism. Hammer on bell above the movement. Formerly with chime mechanism, this lost. The movement is attributed to the Mainz court clockmaker Joseph Weidenheimer (see "Alte Uhren" Heft 3 Juli 1985, p.85-87, "Eine seltene Bodenstanduhr, sign. Weidenheimer-Mainz 1788").
Provenance: The clock comes from an important French collection.
Attribution: An almost identical clock is in Neuwied Castle. This one has a movement by the Neuwied clockmaker Kinzing and is attributed in the literature to David Roentgen. In David Roentgen's list of journeymen from 29.06.1779, the carpenter Johannes Kroll from Riga is listed. In 1781, Kroll delivered an elaborate floor standing clock to the Elector of Mainz and was subsequently appointed court cabinetmaker. A considerable number of pieces of furniture from Kroll's workshop have survived and are exhibited today in Aschaffenburg Castle. Among them is the clock delivered in 1781, which, like the clock from Neuwied Castle, is equipped with a Kinzing movement. Other Kroll clock cases were equipped with movements by the Mainz court clockmaker Weidenheimer. The fittings of the clock presented here, as well as those of its counterpart in Neuwied Castle, point more to Mainz than to Neuwied. While the clock from Neuwied Castle still has some rosettes known from Roentgen furniture, the clock presented here is completely decorated with Mainz fittings. Based on these indications, as well as the fact that the movement used is also a Mainz work, the clock discussed here can be attributed to Johannes Kroll.
Height: 210.0 cm | 82.68 in.
Width: 120.0 cm | 47.24 in.
Depth: 50.0 cm | 19.69 in.
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