A fine and rare second half of the 19th century Black Forest brass and zinc inlaid walnut cuckoo clock with alabaster dial on a wall bracket Attributed to Johann Baptist Beha, Eisenbach
Lot 60
A fine and rare mid 19th century Black Forest brass and zinc inlaid walnut cuckoo clock with alabaster dial on a wall bracket
Attributed to Johann Baptist Beha, Eisenbach
Sold for £1,625 (US$ 2,766) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A fine and rare mid 19th century Black Forest brass and zinc inlaid walnut cuckoo clock with alabaster dial on a wall bracket
Attributed to Johann Baptist Beha, Eisenbach
The arched case with foliate inlay over a moulded door with line inlay, the ogee plinth with matching inlaid panel and border, over a base on block feet, the 7 inch alabaster dial with a good pair of pierced gilt hands enclosed by a blue painted minute track and twelve shaped enamel cartouche Roman numerals, enclosed by inlaid floral corner pieces, the twin gut fusee movement constructed with wooden bars, with 'pig tail' springs to the fusee stops and marbled paper to the bellows pipes, anchor escapement and outside countwheel strike via a circular hammer head on a thin wire coiled gong mounted on a heavy steel bar set to the hinged rear door, the hourly strike syncopated with the two-tone call of the painted carved articulated bird appearing from behind a door above the dial. The interior of the rear door carries a printed label 'WEHRLY & CO, 45 Vicar Lane, Leeds, German Clock Manufacturers ALL KINDS OF CLOCKS CLEANED & REPAIRED'. Together with a matching wall bracket with moulded edge and single support. 47cms (18.5ins) high. 62cms (2ft) including the bracket

Footnotes

  • Several features of this clock indicate that it was made by the premier maker of Cuckoo clocks, Johann Baptist Beha, based in Eisenbach. A very similar case with alabaster dial, gilt sight ring and metal inlay, dated to circa 1860-65 is illustrated in Miller,'Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks', Schiffer 2012, Fig 2.32 (Collection of the Cuckooland Museum, UK).
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