A fine and rare Dutch walnut longcase clock with lunar calendar signed Steven Huygens, Amsterdam, c. 1700.
Lot 47
A rare Dutch walnut longcase clock with lunar calendar
signed Steven Huygens, Amsterdam, circa 1700
Sold for US$ 9,516 inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare Dutch walnut longcase clock with lunar calendar
signed Steven Huygens, Amsterdam, circa 1700
The case, veneered in well-figured walnut, on paneled plinth raised on a later skirting with tapered feet, the rectangular door of the trunk with oval lenticle, the molded cornice of the flat top hood supported by plain pilasters flanking the square 12 inch dial with ringed winding holes and a date aperture at VI o'clock with additional apertures for age and aspect of the moon at XII o'clock, silvered roman chapter ring with fleur de lis half hour marks, steel hands, restored scroll and cherub spandrels; movement with five knopped and ringed pillars, later dead beat escapement with adjustable pallets, spring suspended iron rod pendulum, two linked hammers striking the hours and half hours on two bells by means of a count wheel planted in the center of the backplate, formerly with alarm train, retaining the setting disc and a Y shaped bracket between the plates.
height 87in (220cm); width 19 3/4in (50.2cm); depth 10 1/2in (26.7cm)

Footnotes

  • Although not related to his famous namesake Christiaan, inventor of the pendulum clock, Steven Huygens (c. 1654-1720) became the leading clockmaker in late 17th century Amsterdam. Born in Bennekom, he moved to Amsterdam and was married there in 1679. Beginning in 1697, he advertised long-case clocks going more than one year without rewinding. An auction in 1755 in Haarlem included a one-year longcase clock with double striking.

    In 1704 Huygens succeeded Cornelis van der Burgh, son of Lubbertus, as the official clockmaker of the city. After Steven Huygens death in 1720, his son Hendrik (1685-1746) was appointed to keep the tower clocks of the city in good order.
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