A Swedish Royal Rococo Chiming Longcase Clock.
An Important Royal Swedish rococo chiming longcase clock made ca.1760 in Stockholm. Signed by Petter Ernst (1714-1784). This is an exceptional clock in a very nice original condition. The green lacquered case in Chinoiserie style is probably made in the workshop of Anders Lindsten, active 1756-1771 in Stockholm
The scenery with blacksmiths and mining. The side of the case has a floral design with birds. The final of the clock with a giltwood rocaille. On the front, there is also the Royal coat of arms.
Both date and seconds are present in this clock which is rare. It also has chimes of different tunes and numbered no.500. Ernst numbered all his clocks. Also, the size of the case is a little bigger than usual for 18th-century longcase clocks. To “oversize” som furniture was common amongst Royal commissions. It made the pieces more imposing and also they were meant to be in grand interiors. Altogether a rare find and in wonderful original condition.
Petter Ernst lived 1714-1784 and started his career in Växsjö but was considered somewhat of a genius and was given by the Royal Academy of science the opportunity to run the Schnackska clock workshops in Stockholm and he moved there in 1753. He was also given a generous starting funding to start his business. He was considered maybe the best Swedish clockmaker of the time and was very successful.
Family de Geer at Leufsta (Lövsta) foundry and manor house.
Lövsta was Swedens largest foundry at the time and the de Geers family belonged to the wealthiest families in Sweden. Clocks were one of the types of items wealthy people spent money on as a luxury and status item of the time. King Gustav III visited Lövsta and was very impressed with what he saw. Possibly this clock came to Lövsta upon his visit.
The clock stood at Lövsta until the end of the 19th century and was then moved to Torups castle in Skåne.
Torups castle is one of the best preserved 16th-century castles in the south of Sweden. Torups castle has for the last 200 years belonged to the family Stjernblad and the Marshal of the Royal Court Gustaf Julius Coyet (1775-1862). It was later passed on thru inheritance to the family von Leitner. In 1970 the castle was sold to the city of Malmö.
Dimensions: Height 245.0 cm (96.5 inches) x Width 60.0 cm (23.6 inches) x Depth 35.0 cm (13.8 inches)
Price: 375 000 SEK (€35759/$39821)
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