Wednesday, August 3, 2011

An early Black Forest clock with eye-turner Automaton "Augenwender "

This clock is an excellent example of a Black Forest picture clock with automation to the eyes in the painting, known as an Augenwender to German speaking collectors.

The clock has a wonderful oil painting of a shepherd calling his flock. The painting is done of a sheet of zinc. As the pendulum swings the two eyes of the herdsman look left to right. The detail work in the painting is just magnificent. The frame is of the early style with detailed painted decorations in the corners, there is an access door in the bottom of the case to access the pendulum.

The movement is a wood plate, spring driven movement. The clock can be dated to the late 1850's early 1860's.

For more rare Black Forest clocks please check out our website at

No comments: