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    Sale 2796

    The P.C. Spaans Collection of Important European Clocks

    19 December 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 402

    A German gilt-brass and gilt-copper square table clock with double-six hour strike


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    A German gilt-brass and gilt-copper square table clock with double-six hour strike
    Christoph Müller, Augsburg. Third quarter 17th Century
    The case with engraved upper border and with D-ended glazed viewing panels to all sides, the hinged underside with toupie feet and fitted with a bell secured with a strap, the 8 cm. square gilt-copper dial with scored line border and engraved with flowerhead spandrels, brass bezel to silvered Roman chapter ring, strike regulation by X, rosette-engraved centre, single steel hand, the one day movement secured in the case with turn catches, its plates secured with four slender baluster pillars, pinned to the front and with nuts to the back plate, chain and fusee for the going train and barrel for the strike train, verge and balance escapement with pierced and engraved cock to brass three-arm balance, later spring and threaded screw regulation, the countwheel calibrated 1-6 four times, striking via boar's head engraved hammer on bell to case, the back plate signed Christoph Müller/Aug
    See movement detail p.30
    10.5 cm. square

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    Christoph (Christopher?) Müller was born circa 1620 and is recorded as marrying in 1643 and having his own workshop that year also. He is known to have died after 1651 but Abeler references clocks by him believed to have been made as late as 1680. See Jürgen Abeler Meister Der Uhrmacherkunst, Düsseldorf, 1977, p.440.

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