16 April 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 4,000
Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000
A SOUTH ITALIAN ORMOLU-MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL BRACKET CLOCK**
SICILY, THE DIAL SIGNED AUGUSTINUS SELUAGIO PANORMI, MID-18TH CENTURY
With a later spread-winged eagle finial above a domed top with four further finials above an arched glass paneled case with foliate pierced gilt-metal sound frets, with demi-lune mouldings framing glass panels, the silvered dial engraved with a Roman and Arabic chapter ring, the centre with an alarm-setting disc in the arch, the movement with twin barrels and verge escapement, further barrel for the alarm, striking the hours modulo 6 and repeating at four minutes past (ribotta), with two bells, the case with stepped and moulded plinth on scrolled ormolu feet, resting on a painted later bracket, feet regilt and possibly associated
23 in. (58.5 cm.) high, the clock, 33½ in. (85 cm.) high, overall
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A closely related tortoiseshell bracket clock, with a spread-winged eagle crest and finials, is illustrated in M. Giarizzo and A. Rotolo, Il Mobilie Siciliano, Palermo, 2004, fig. 110.
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