An early mahogany cased Friesland wall clock with automata is displayed as a fisherman and the blades of a windmill.

This very colorful example was made in the Netherlands sometime around 1820. Early features that help date this clock are the position of the painted scene and the automata below the time ring as well as the high position of the side light windows in the hood or bonnet. This case is constructed in mahogany and retains an older finish that has darkened with age. The hood is designed like the hood of a tall case clock. Flanking the sides are engaged columns which are capped with Corinthian capitals. The opening is fitted with glass in order to protect the dial.

The colorfully painted iron features Roman hour numerals, Arabic five minute markers and pierced brass hands of a traditional design. The lower section is decorated with an iconic Dutch village scene that features automation. This village is set along the banks of a canal. Several buildings are depicted in the scene. They are a traditional form and depicted with colorful roofs. Two of which are windmills. The closest windmill is designed so that the blades rotate with the motion of the pendulum. In the foreground on the right is a smartly dressed boy that is fishing in the canal. His arm raises once a minute to lift a large fish out of the water.

The movement is constructed in brass. It is designed to run thirty-hours on a wind. It is weight driven and is wound by raising the brass capped weight by pulling on the chain to its right. The movement is a posted frame design and features typically shaped Freisland style pillars and an anchor escapement. The pendulum swings inside the lower section of the case. This case is designed to protect it. The brass faced bod can be viewed through the opening, The pendulum aperture is ornately cast and is nicely themed.

This case measures approximately 48 inches in length, 9 inches deep and 14.25 inches wide. This fine example was made circa 1820. This clock is inventory number 216084.


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