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    Sale 2796

    The P.C. Spaans Collection of Important European Clocks

    19 December 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 411

    A Polish engraved gilt-brass and silvered quarter-striking hexagonal table clock

    JOHANN EICHSTEDT, DANZIG. CIRCA 1680

    Price Realised  

    A Polish engraved gilt-brass and silvered quarter-striking hexagonal table clock
    Johann Eichstedt, Danzig. Circa 1680
    The gilt-brass case with engraved and silvered frames to its glass side panels, the corners with silvered cast metamorphic mounts resting on lion feet, the hinged and silvered base plate with turn catch and set with hour and quarter bells secured with blued steel straps, the gilt-brass dial engraved with scene of a country house to the centre, with engraved and silvered Roman chapter ring with cross half hour markers and outer engraved gilt-brass Arabic minute ring with Roman quarter markers, the one day three train movement with hexagonal plates joined by six baluster pillars with threaded nuts to front and rear, with two fixed and engraved barrels for the strike trains and chain and fusee for the going train, verge and balance escapement with pierced and engraved balance cock to the back plate, signed Johan Eichstedt/Danzig, with engraved and gilt calibrated hour strike countwheel and engraved and silvered quarter strike disc, the latter with blued steel hand and set within a pierced and engraved foliate mount, the blued steel set up ratchet with blued steel spring and with also with pierced and engraved cock, with chiselled blued steel arbors for the hammers with zoomorphic and thistle heads
    See movement detail p.30
    17.5 cm. wide
    With a purpose made 19th Century brass-mounted tulipwood and mother-of-pearl inlaid display stand, with pivoted domed cover


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    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    Tardy, French Clocks, Clocks the World Over, Vol.IV, Paris, 1985, p.409
    Klaus Maurice, Die deutsche Räderuhr, Part II, Munich, 1976, figs.616 & 619
    Tardy shows a 'kaflak' (tile-shaped) table clock dating from the early 17th Century and with helmeted corner figures of related design. Maurice shows two Danzig table clocks with similar corner mounts.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby Mak Van Waay (Amsterdam), Catalogue 361, Een Particuliere Collectie, 14 March 1983, lot 88.