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A clock in the painting beating on the Angel of the Lord (additional mechanism) with a comb box from the 1st quarter of the 19th century.

An oil painting which is a very rare antiquarian object.

A masterful work of art.

It was created in the 1st quarter of the 19th century.

Beautiful German Romanticism presenting the view of the church against the background of a charming panorama of mountains with a water mill symbolizing the continuity of life and time is also a symbol of the soul as a source of inner life, inexhaustible spiritual energy, personality and self.

The figures in the picture refer with their costumes to the period and place where the picture was created. The whole is composed of a clock placed on the church tower. The painting is framed in an original richly decorated wooden frame and gilding.


Height: 83 cm

Width: 99 cm

Depth: 17 cm

Prices of similar Original and unique exhibits are between EUR 15 - 30,000 (e.g. Dorotheum)

The box together with the picture clock mechanisms and the painted picture are one original whole.

Only the suspension of the box has been structurally reinforced as it already needed to be repaired (the hook was heavily jerked to the tooth of time and there was a fear that it would not hold the whole on the hook).

On the canvas, a church tower was painted, with a clock placed, which twice a day activates the clock mechanism and activates an additional two-tone beating mechanism calling with its sound the faithful to pray the Angel of the Lord.

This clock, depending on the setting of the strings, can play one of 4 melodies at full hours or win another one every hour. Of course, you can set the clock to strike hours and half hours without a music box just as other wall clocks strike.

The whole thing was created in the period before the start of industrial large-scale clock production and the watchmaker was able to make the whole clock mechanism himself.

The clock mechanism:

Dating from the 1st quarter of the 19th century

Marked with the stamp of the watchmaker used to mark the assembly or repair of the mechanism - the inscription "TIRA" in the oval.

Spring drive, pendulum adjuster, enamelled dial with Roman hourly index and Arabic minute index, hook tackle with anchor, so called "TIRA" inscribed in the oval. Forged, one-tonne ratchet moss of the Paris type, milled pinions, 2.5 mm thick solid plates, polished axes and pinions, screw tips and springs unbleached (unbleached - hot applied anti-corrosion coating), pendulum with steel rod, brass pendulum lens filled with lead, spiral rod gong fixed in a brass cube.


Switzerland(?), 1st quarter of the 19th century

81 tones comb mechanism, comb equipped with frogs, 4 melodies 45 seconds each, fan speed controller, windmill screw journal with ruby capstone mounted, screws and springs unbleached, full control of the melody playing functions (except of course for random playing).

One of the melodies won by the music box is a song from the second half of the 18th century "Kurdesz, Kurdesz nad Kurdeszami".

An additional mechanism of beating on the Angel of the Lord ( 1st quarter of XIXw ) :

Spring drive, beating time 90 seconds, milled pinions, full plates 2.55mm thick, polished axles and pinions, blue screws and springs, windmill speed regulator with worm gear (very interesting windmill construction resembling wind chests used in tower clocks), two spiral rod chimes fixed in a brass cube, possibility to start beating with a string. The beating mechanism was created just as carefully and carefully as the clock mechanism.

A few words about the tradition of ringing bells for the Angelus prayer.

This prayer was recited to celebrate the mystery of the incarnation and to celebrate the motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary; this tradition was born in the Franciscan environment in the 13th century, and was accepted by the entire Western Church as early as the 14th century.

Initially it was only recited in the evening, it was at the same time a signal to extinguish the fire in the farmyards, but over time it was also accepted as a morning and a midday prayer The time of reciting this prayer was determined by beating the bell, therefore the "bells" of the church painted in the picture beat continuously for 1.5 minutes.

The fact that in the initial phase the beating is single and only after a while the beating starts to resound in two tones proves how exactly the watchmaker tried to reproduce the beating of the bells.

It sounds like beating real powerful and heavy bells, sometimes weighing over 500kg, which are manually operated by the bell with the whole body, whose heart first hits one edge of the bell and only after a while after swinging both edges.

Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer

ANGELUS (excerpt)

The Angel of the Lord is ringing the bells,

May Mary be greeted,

...may Christ be greeted...

For the Angel of the Lord are ringing the bells, the heavens, their voice dies... 

The presented Antique is a unique object, presenting the highest and most expensive form of making a clock in the painting, an unusual combination of clock, music box and picture.

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