J D K Vetter, Rotterdam Dutch made bracket clock. Automated. -SOLD-
This large mahogany cased Dutch bracket clock features an automated dial that is signed "J D K Vetter, Rotterdam." Vetter is listed as working in Rotterdam in the late 1700's.
Bracket clocks as a form are not rare clocks by any stretch of the imagination. But Dutch examples are difficult to find and are not often pictured in the current horological reference book.
This is a very nice example that exhibits pleasing proportions. The mahogany veneer has been carefully chosen to present the case form in a pleasing manner. The crotch veneer placed in the arch of the case accentuates the vertical lines of the form. This clock stands up on four cast brass feet that are applied to the bottom molding of the case. A carved molding, a subtle detail, is positioned above is and forms the transition to the main body. Gothic columns flank the sides and visually support the arch. This is capped with a plinth that transitions with additional carvings and fluting to a brass urn final. Additional finials are mounted on the four corners of the case. Carrying handles are mounted to the sides of the case. In the center is an arched door that is fitted with glass. open would need to open this in order to access the dial.
The composite brass dial features a painted border around the applied chapter or time ring. This paint decoration is very colorful and depicts a pastoral view. This is automated in that when the clock strikes the hour, the blades of the windmill are set in motion and rotate for the duration of this action. In addition, the fisherman seated in the foreground on the right raises and lowers his pole over a three minute sequence. At the end of his pole is a large fish. He is a very successful fisherman that enjoys practicing catch and release. The engraved and silvered chapter ring displays the time as indicated by decorative blue steel hands. The hours are indicated with large Roman numerals and the five minute markers are executed in an Arabic form. Two closed minute ring circumnavigate this ring. The outer ring is formatted in the traditional Dutch style. Between the hours is a decorative engraving. The Maker's name and working location can be found engraved along the lower edge of this chapter ring. The center section of this dial is matted and features skillfully engraved decorations. Beneath the hour numeral twelve, a square aperture that displays the calendar day. A lunar calendar and a phases of the moon display is located in the bottom half. The painted moon is set against a blue painted sky illuminated by numerous painted stars. The lunar calendar day is displayed in the small window above this.
The time and strike movement is brass, eight-day duration and of good quality. It is a Dutch design and features a Dutch striking format. This movement has two separate bells. The hour is struck on the large bell at the hour. At the half hour, the coming hour is struck on the smaller one. The rectangular plates that frame the movement are nicely finished. Four tuned pillars support the frames. It is spring powered and fitted with fusees. The overall quality is excellent.
This clock stands approximately 29 inches tall,14 inches wide and 9 inches deep.
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