Lot 30

Important grandfather clock for the silver wedding of the Prussian crown prince and princess
Height: 230 cm.
Engraved inside "Design Professor H. Götz Execution by court watchmaker Franz Pecher & Ziegler & Weber Möbelfabrik Karlsruhe".
Karlsruhe, c. 1883.

This grandfather clock was a gift from the Grand Duke Friedrich Grand Duke of Baden (1826 - 1907) and Luise Grand Duchess of Baden (1838 - 1923) to the Crown Prince and Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm (1831 - 1888) and his wife Viktoria (1840 - 1901) for their silver wedding anniversary on 25 January 1883. 

Dial:
Chased brass disc à jour worked with white porcelain plaques with black Roman hours.

Movement:
Seven-day movement with half-hour and hour strike on bell.

Case:
Worked in wood, in gold leaf gilding with a combination of root wood veneer. Movement feet framed in acanthus leaf base. Between them heart rocaille cartouche with inscription "Luise Grand Duchess of Baden / Friedrich Grand Duke of Baden / 25 January 1883 FIDELITAS". Pendulum case with trapezoidal cartouche showing an allegorical painting (signed "Gorizia" at the bottom right, dated "1883"): two putti hand a bowed crown and a sword to a triumphant putto with a jubilant wreath. Above the painting the imperial crown, below left the coat of arms of the German Empire and on the right the coat of arms of Baden. Clockwork case plastically framed by rocailles and putti facing each other, carrying the profiled gable. On the left and right above sound opening dates of the jubilee celebrations "1858" and "1883". One pendulum and two weights present.

Note:
Franz Pecher had been a bearer of the Order of the Lion of Zähringen since 1871. Baden, Hof- und Staatshandbuch des Großherzogtums Baden, 1910, p. 120.
From 1888 the painter Emil Nolde (1867-1956) also worked in the Karlsruhe furniture factory Ziegler & Weber.
Hermann Götz (1848-1901) taught at the Karlsruhe School of Applied Arts. In 1885 he founded the Baden Arts and Crafts Association and in 1889 the Museum of Decorative Arts. Among other things, he also produced the interior decoration of Palais Solms (1882).

Literature on Hermann Götz:
Joseph August Beringer, Götz, Hermann, in: Ulrich Thieme, Fred. C. Willis (eds.): Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Founded by Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker, vol. 14: Giddens-Gress. E. A. Seemann, Leipzig 1921, pp. 320-321.
M. L. Becker, Professor Hermann Götz und das Baden Kunstgewerbe, in: Vom Fels zum Meer. 20, 1901, pp. 906-908.
Obituary - Personal- und Atelier-Nachrichten, in: Art for all: Painting, Sculpture, Graphics, Architecture. 16. 1900-1901, p. 553. (1240851) (17)


Important grandfather clock for the silver wedding of the Prussian crown prince and princess

Height: 230 cm.
Engraved on inside: Design Professor H. Götz Execution court clock maker Franz Pecher & Ziegler & Weber Möbelfabrik [furniture factory] in Karlsruhe.
Karlsruhe, ca. 1883.

This grandfather clock was a gift from the Grand Duke Friedrich Grand Duke of Baden (1826 - 1907) and Luise Grand Duchess of Baden (1838 - 1923) to the Crown Prince and Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm (1831 - 1888) and his wife Viktoria (1840 - 1901) for their silver wedding anniversary on 25 January 1883. 

Dial:
Chased brass disc "à jour" with white porcelain plaques with black Roman hours.

Clockwork:
7-day-movement with half-hour and hour strike on bell.

Case:
Crafted in wood, with leaf gilding combined with burr veneer. Heart-shaped rocaille cartouche with inscription: "Luise Grand Duchess of Baden / Friedrich Grand Duke of Baden / 25 January 1883 FIDELITAS" [Louise, Grand Ducchess of Baden, Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden/ 25 January 1883, FIDELITY]. Pendulum case with trapeze-shaped cartouche depicting an allegorical painting (signed Gorizia lower right and dated 1883).
The painting is surmounted by an imperial crown, with the coat of arms of the Roman-German Empire below left and the coat of arms of Baden below right.

Literature regarding Hermann Götz:
J. A. Beringer, Götz, Hermann, in: Ulrich Thieme, Fred. C. Willis (eds.): Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Founded by Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker, vol. 14: Giddens-Gress. E. A. Seemann, Leipzig 1921, pp. 320-321.
M. L. Becker: Professor Hermann Götz und das badische Kunstgewerbe, in: Vom Fels zum Meer, 20, 1901, pp. 906-908.
Nachruf - Personal- und Atelier-Nachrichten, in: Die Kunst für alle: Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur, 16, 1900-1901, p. 553.