Here is a recent acquisition. This is a fantastic carved cuckoo clock. The clock measures 28″ in height and is carved out of solid walnut. The detail is just exquisite, and this finish retains a high polish.
The motif is what really makes this cuckoo clock unusual. The clock features the motif of the Lion of Lucerne, based on the Lion Monument is Lucerne Switzerland. The monument commemorates the Swiss guards that were massacred when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace, Paris in 1792.
The detail is just exquisite and the carving is symbolic. The dying lion is portrayed impaled by a spear, covering a shield bearing the fleur-de-lis of the French monarchy; beside him is another shield bearing the coat of arms of Switzerland.
The inscription below the sculpture lists the names of the officers and gives the approximate numbers of soldiers who died (DCCLX = 760), and survived (CCCL = 350)
The Lion lies in his lair in the perpendicular face of a low cliff — for he is carved from the living rock of the cliff. His size is colossal, his attitude is noble. His head is bowed, the broken spear is sticking in his shoulder, his protecting paw rests upon the lilies of France. Vines hang down the cliff and wave in the wind, and a clear stream trickles from above and empties into a pond at the base, and in the smooth surface of the pond the lion is mirrored, among the water-lilies.
Mark Twain praised the sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”
Around about are green trees and grass. The place is a sheltered, reposeful woodland nook, remote from noise and stir and confusion — and all this is fitting, for lions do die in such places, and not on granite pedestals in public squares fenced with fancy iron railings. The Lion of Lucerne would be impressive anywhere, but nowhere so impressive as where he is.
— Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad, 1880
The cuckoo clock was originally made for the Swiss market and retailed in Lucerne Switzerland… probably sold to a traveling tourist during the early 20th century. The clock was made Circa 1900.
We are always looking to acquire cuckoo clocks with unusual motifs. If you have a nice cuckoo clock you would like to sell please contact me at Justin@blackforestclocks.org
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