A scarce late 18th century German white lacquer organ clock Probably Jaquet-Droz for Michel Henggeller, Munich
Lot 56W
A scarce late 18th century German white lacquer organ clock
Probably Jaquet-Droz for Michel Henggeller, Munich
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 12,115) inc. premium

Lot Details
A scarce late 18th century German white lacquer organ clock Probably Jaquet-Droz for Michel Henggeller, Munich A scarce late 18th century German white lacquer organ clock Probably Jaquet-Droz for Michel Henggeller, Munich A scarce late 18th century German white lacquer organ clock Probably Jaquet-Droz for Michel Henggeller, Munich A scarce late 18th century German white lacquer organ clock Probably Jaquet-Droz for Michel Henggeller, Munich
A scarce late 18th century German white lacquer organ clock
Probably Jaquet-Droz for Michel Henggeller, Munich
The break arch case painted with red floral studies on a white ground, with applied ormolu gallery to the top (sections lacking), over side mounted carrying handles, diaper frets and fruiting vine mounts to the canted corners, raised on ormolu architectural feet with a pierced apron to front and sides, the signed 1.5 inch white enamel Roman and Arabic dial with sunburst hands, lever marked Autre/Même the dial plate painted with a maritime view of a three masted battle ship in rough seas, with a fortified harbour beyond, the two train spring barrel quarter striking clock movement with pull quarter repeat striking the hours and quarters on two bells (strike and repeat work incomplete), the verge escapement with silk suspension bob pendulum, the brass framed twin fusee barrel organ with a 9.5 inch (24cm) wooden barrel over double kid leather bellows, powered via a single crank with large fly and worm, the fifteen tin pipes arranged diagonally in pairs through a mahogany board. 61cm (24in)

Footnotes

  • A similar organ movement is illustrated in Ord-Hume's 'The Musical Clock', Mayfield Books, 1995, page 124, which he suggests was popular among Swiss makers, the case of the clock also shares some features with this lot, especially in the applied ormolu fruiting vine mounts to the corners.

    Johann Michael Hengeler is recorded as working in Munich from 1799 until 1802.
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