An important mid 17th century German bronze mounted ebony table clock with vertical sundial,  Davidt Buschmann

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An important mid 17th century German bronze mounted ebony table clock with vertical sundial,
Davidt Buschmann

Sold for £ 134,500 (US$ 170,197) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

16 Dec 2015, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

An important mid 17th century German bronze mounted ebony table clock with vertical sundial,
Davidt Buschmann
The rectangular ripple moulded case flanked above and below by a shallow arch, the former with gilt cherub mount, the latter with an applied signature plaque, raised on the shoulders of a richly patinated cire perdu bronze figure of Atlas kneeling, mounted on the rectangular breakfront base with tapered sides, ripple mouldings and turned brass feet.

The rectangular 20cm x 19cm gilt brass dial with silvered Roman hour sector read via a blued steel fly-back hand, the centre engraved with signs of the Zodiac and degrees of latitude, beneath the pierced and engraved floral and foliate gilt brass gnomon, above three silvered subsidiary dials for deity (left) minutes and quarters (centre) and moonphase, date and age of moon (right), within stipple engraved floral borders and below the Sun emerging from clouds.

The signed lozenge shaped chain fusee movement with balance wheel verge escapement and hogs bristle regulation, over the numbered outside countwheel calibrated to strike on the hour then repeat the hour again after a further four minutes, the gate pierced and engraved with flowers and foliage with conforming decoration to the balance cock, the straight sided bell mounted in the brass rear door. 52cm (20.5in)

Footnotes

  • Literature:

    H. von Bertel, Zur Geschicte der Aquationsuhren-Entwicklung, Wien 1956

    K. Maurice, Die deutsche Raderuhr, Munchen, 1976, Vol I, p.180.

    J. Abeler, Meister der Uhrmacherkunst, Wuppertal, 1977, p.104.

    H.M. Vehmeyer, Clocks, Their Origin and Development 1320-1880, Snoeck 2004. Item G31.

    Provenance:
    Formerly in the Antoine Feill collection, Hamburg.

    A similar example with fly-back hours, gnomon and subsidiary dials can be found in the Kunst Historisches Museum, Vienna.
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An important mid 17th century German bronze mounted ebony table clock with vertical sundial,  Davidt Buschmann
An important mid 17th century German bronze mounted ebony table clock with vertical sundial,  Davidt Buschmann
An important mid 17th century German bronze mounted ebony table clock with vertical sundial,  Davidt Buschmann
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