Parade Clock with Cameos

Parade clock with cameos

Attributed to Johann Heinrich Köhler (1669–1736)
Parade Clock with Cameos
Dresden, ca. 1700–1710
Case: gilt bronze, cameos, emeralds, rubies, diamonds, heliotrope, and marble
9 1/2 × 6 3/16 × 3 3/4 in. (24.1 × 15.7 × 9.5 cm)
Mechanism signed Johan David Geyger Dresden
Gift of Alexis Gregory, 2021
Photo Joseph Coscia Jr.



This clock is decorated with twenty-six cameos and several gemstones. The outer edge of the dial is encrusted with diamonds and rubies. The cameos depict classical female and male figures and several heads of putti. A bust placed on a gilt-brass socle serves as the finial for the giltbronze case, which is also engraved with several motifs: a putto, portrait medallions, rinceaux, acanthus leaves, and architectural elements. The ornamental details with gemstones and cameos are similar to those of the Triumphal Arch with Two Obelisks (now in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden) made by Köhler before 1705.

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