Here is a magnificent Black Forest clock we just finished the restoration on. We specialize in these large antique cuckoo clocks, and get several examples in every year… but this musical piece is special.
The motif is a variation of the traditional hunters motif, and the first like it we have ever had. On the top of the pediment is a large full relief carved grouse. He is massive and life-like. His head tilted back, beak open, and in the middle of a mating call. The pediment is further decorated with oak leaves and crossed rifles. The straps from the rifles wrap around a carved stump that extends out of the center of the pediment.
Further down the case is a life size pheasant to the left of the dial, the hare to the right. The hunters horn circles the large dial. This clock has a fantastic set of detailed hands carved from bone.
Below the dial is a tassel, hunters bag, and a pair of quail, all carved very lifelike and in full relief.
The cuckoo calls the full and half hours, and appears behind the right hand door. The cuckoos call is deep and realistic. After the cuckoos call one of 4 musical tunes is played, when the music plays a man seated in a chair holding a zither appears behind the left hand door.
The clock is powered by three iron antique weights in the shape of pine cones. The time is controlled by a detailed carved pendulum with an oak leaf cluster matching the motif on the case above.
The movement in this clock is a large three train cast brass movement with time, cuckoo-strike, and music complications.
This clock is large measuring in at over 50″ in height and over 30″ across the pediment. It would look fantastic in a large home with vaulted ceilings, in a cabin, lodge, or restaurant. This clock will put a presence on a room of any size.
We specialize in rare and unusual Black Forest clocks. If you interested in buying, selling, or trading clocks like those shown on my website please contact me at email@example.com
We have uploaded two videos of this clock in action. The first is a short video without narration. The second a narrated longer version.