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    Sale 2808

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    15 - 16 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 353

    A DUTCH MAHOGANY MUSICAL AND AUTOMATON LONGCASE CLOCK

    CAREL CHRISTOFFEL TAPPE, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A DUTCH MAHOGANY MUSICAL AND AUTOMATON LONGCASE CLOCK
    CAREL CHRISTOFFEL TAPPE, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The case with foliate and C-scroll mouldings overall, the polychrome decorated dial with female figures to the corners allegorical of the four seasons, the arch with an automaton scene depicting Pan, a satyr and a nymph, silvered arcaded chapter ring signed CAREL CRISTOFFEL TAPPE/AMSTERDAM, matted and engraved centre with subsidiary seconds ring with date aperture, flanked by a sector for month and day of week, penny moon above VI, tune selection to the right side, selection for slaan/niet slaan to IX and speelen/niet speelen to III, the eight-day five pillar movement with anchor escapement, Dutch strike on two bells, the musical barrel positioned to the right side of the movement playing six tunes via a brass 18.5 cm long pinned barrel with 29 hammers on 15 bells; three large brass weights
    301 cm. high


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    Carel Christoffel Tappe is recorded as Stadshorlogemaker (cityclockmaker) of Amsterdam in 1781, he had his workshop at Leidseplein.

    A rectangular brass label inscribed with the tunes is applied to the inside of the doormask:
    Minuet
    Duijsche mars
    Mars van Paoli
    Aria
    Rigadon
    Minuet
    D. Gedagten
    Engelse Contradans
    D. Marki
    Minuet
    D. Fantasie
    Polonais

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY