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    Sale 2808

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    15 - 16 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 373

    A DUTCH WALNUT AND BURR-WALNUT LONGCASE CLOCK WITH 'SCHEEPJESMECHANIEK' (AUTOMATON SHIPS)

    ABRAHAM VAN AKEN, AMSTERDAM. CIRCA 1770-1780

    Price Realised  

    A DUTCH WALNUT AND BURR-WALNUT LONGCASE CLOCK WITH 'SCHEEPJESMECHANIEK' (AUTOMATON SHIPS)
    ABRAHAM VAN AKEN, AMSTERDAM. CIRCA 1770-1780
    The case of typical form, the hood surmounted by giltwood figural finials, the door and rectangular plinth base with canted shaped angles inlaid with fruitwood line marquetry, the polychrome painted brass dial with an aperture showing five rocking ships, a whale and a rowing boat against an icy sea and pole landscape, the figures of Mercury and Neptune flanking the silvered and arcaded chapter ring above, signed ABM VAN AKEN, AMSTERDAM, the matted centre with silvered seconds ring, date aperture and sectors for month and day of week engraved with representational figures, moonphase to the top, the eight-day four pillar movement with anchor escapement and Dutch rack strike on two bells above; door key, crank key, pendulum, two brass weights
    285 cm. high


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    Abraham van Aken (1760?- ....), recorded working in Amsterdam circa 1770-1780, is known for automaton and planisphere clocks.
    A related longcase clock with ships automaton by Van Aken is in the collection of Museum Simon van Gijn, Dordrecht.

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    Provenance

    with E.F.J. Stender, Sint Michielsgestel, 1978.