Music: Featuring 2 separate, alternating songs on each hour
Songs: Edelweiss and The Happy Wanderer
Additional features: Slide pendulum with wooden stem
Size (cm): 48 x 40 x 23
Size (inches): 18.9 x 15.4 x 9.1
Chalet cuckoo clocks are known for the fine attention to detail in their intricate scenes and this cuckoo clock is no exception. The placement of the dancers is the clock’s most interesting and unusual element. Rather than placing them below the cuckoo door and above the clock dial, as is the norm, the carvers have elected to place the dancers off to the side on an open terrace. By doing so the dancers become an impressive focal point without overpowering the rest of the figurines placed below. The fact that they are so prominent also enhances the theme, which is a romantic one. As the young couples dance to the music, the red in the young ladies traditional aprons provides a delightful splash of color that matches to the dark stain of the clock.
On the far right hand side facing the clock a young suitor prepares to climb a ladder in order to greet his lady love. In his hand is a bouquet of flowers that he hopes will win him her affection. The light green of his hat and vest matches the blue color of her dress which serves to reinforce the fact that they are a couple. Underneath the young ladies window is a rustic carved bench. Its light coloring allows it to stand out from the darker wood used along the base of the cuckoo clock’s case. Continuing towards the left hand side of the cuckoo clock stands a shaggy brown dog. Next to him on an artfully stacked woodpile perches his friend, a small white cat. The pair watches the suitor as he plucks up his courage. Beneath the dancers is the clock’s last pair of figurines - a Bier Frau and her only customer that seems interested in anything besides new love. She prepares to move towards him to offer him another round, with several large mugs clutched in her vise-like grip.
The case of the cuckoo clock itself is as intricately designed as the figurines that play out along its base. The dark stain that is used ensures that the clock’s many elements are prominently visible. Light blonde accent work, such as the wagon wheel hung above the dancers guides the eye around the scene. The texturing used in places such as the door by the Bier Frau and on the dark wood timbers of the chalet’s base gives the cuckoo clock character. An impressive hand-shingled roof with wide eaves finally finishes the clock with the same level of detail used throughout, even down to the inclusion of a small chimney.