A gilt brass quarter striking automata table clock with alarm   probably Augsburg, circa 1630

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Lot 62
A gilt brass quarter striking automata table clock with alarm
probably Augsburg, circa 1630

Sold for US$ 60,000 inc. premium

The Art of Time

6 Dec 2018, 13:00 EST

New York

A gilt brass quarter striking automata table clock with alarm
probably Augsburg, circa 1630
The tower form case with fluted square columns to the corners enclosing panels profusely chased with strapwork and scrolls, surmounted by a two-tier cupola supporting a figure of Mercury within a ring of turned finials and pierced obelisks at the corners, the cupola populated with figures representing a hunt, all on convex molded base chased with further strapwork, foliage and fruit, raised on later ebonized plinth; the triple fusee movement with iron posted frame, verge escapement with iron two arm balance linked to a figure of Acteon in the upper tier of the cupola, his stag's head moving side to side, the hour striking train linked to the figures in the lower tier revolving in a chase between archer and stag, the quarter train linked to a pair of hounds beside the cupola "barking" as the quarters are struck, the alarm train with standing barrel planted at the side of the frame; the primary dial with silvered roman 24-hour chapter ring enhanced with enamel within a ring indicating quarters with 5-minute intervals between, a scroll engraved 24 hour alarm setting disc labeled in Latin for Sunrise, Noon, Sunset and Midnight, subsidiary dials at the sides of the case indication respectively hours and quarters last struck; the reverse with a second 24-hour chapter ring enclosing a gilt volvelle indicating the age and phase of the moon and engraved with a diagram of the Ptolemaic aspects of the planets 17 in (43.2 cm) high

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  • Provenance:
    Masterpieces from the Time Museum, Sotheby's New York, December 2, 1999, lot 50.
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