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Dutch Clock – Tender Memory with Ancient Traditions

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Dutch ClockDutch clock aka Cuckoo-Clock for centuries has been the crucial attribute for home decor. Someone being a child holds his breath waiting for the next ringing «cuckoo», and every time thinking that it was about a bird to fly away with the next wave of tiny wings. Yet, someone admires the masterpieces of German artists, fine carving work on clock details of the decor made of precious wood, astonishing precision machinery, and spared no money to buy another copy for his collection. Cuckoo-Clock is an amazing, intriguing, exciting and luxurious piece of art to boast when placed at home.

The birthplace of such a clock is Schwarzwald region in the southwest of Germany. The population of these lands was famous at making wall clocks as far back as in the 13thth century. Clock-maker Ketterer, who lived in Schoenwald, initially tried to build a mechanism with the voice of a rooster, but because of the cumbersome design and the complexity of playing «crow» stopped at the tiny bird - a cuckoo. century. However, the first wooden cuckoo-clocks appeared only in the 17

The clocks that time were made of wood different from craftsman to craftsman. The carved clocks were a kind of local «currency», as the Schwarzwald farmers traded their handicrafts for household articles, food, grain, and clothing. Shortly after the appearance of the «cuckoo», wooden clocks have become very popular outside Schoenwald. In 1740, with the invention of the reverse anchor escapement mechanism and long pendulum, the clocks of German artists have become famous in England, Italy and France. The German peasants began to create their own workshops with lots of students, and the field works took the second place, and eventually lost the major source of any income. Each «collection» of clock was unique, as the local artisans possessed the art of wood carving in perfection. In the middle of the 19th century in the German watch-making has been established in full force, large companies began to open up, for example, «Schlenker & Kinzle», «Mauthe», «Urgos» and many others. Now the Cuckoo-clocks reshaped the look familiar to all like the forest house with a roof made of oak or fir twigs, cones and other elements, and come a true work of art.

In the famous city of Triberg, Schwarzwald region, there is a museum-store named «Thousands of clocks», which presents all kinds of cuckoo-clocks of an exclusive work of local craftsmen. The price for particular copies is up to several thousand dollars. Here at Triberg square there is the largest cuckoo-clock, which reach a length of fourteen meters.

Cuckoo-Clock from «Patek Philippe» was the most expensive. The Sotheby's put them up for auction with the estimate of 550 thousand francs, but the final price was 1.196 million. This is quite an interesting copy of the floor cuckoo-clock of 1865 issue with three dial plates show the time of day, day of week and month.

Masters of Schwarzwald lands up to this day are engaged in manufacturing of exclusive cuckoo-clocks, only the scales of production and popularity has been changed. The watch brands of such companies as «Schneider» and «DOLD Urenfabrik» (a factory «HETTICH Uhrenfabrik») are worldwide known. Artisans working in these companies, have kept all the old traditions of their predecessors. All models are executed in a classical style and deservedly take the best places in private collections and become the luxurious decoration of the interior.

Modern designers also draw attention to the tiny bird in the clock. True, from the «classics» in general there is a clockwork and like cuckoo with a house only in there.

«Diamantini & Domeniconi» Company regularly introduces the works of talented designers. So, Joseph Barakat from Beirut presented several variations on the theme «cuckoo-clock». A bird in a helmet counts every hour from its brick bunker-house, but somehow without the traditional «Cuckoo»" or the house-box, painted with colored vertical lines, with the cuckoo frozen in anticipation, from the master Tarabey Pascal. Price range of p «Diamantini & Domeniconi» roductsis $600 to 700 US.

Bright «orange» in a glass case with the cuckoo inside is a clock «Organita» from the Italian manufacturer «Anthropologies». The highlight of this design is that instead of the bird voices there is a noise of waves rolling on the sea-shore.

Despite such intriguing vision of the cuckoo-clocks concept, yet the classic models will never go out of fashion. It is luxurious specimen for real connoisseurs and collectors of expensive watches done in perfect style.

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