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A Dutch figured and burr-walnut longcase clock with planisphere dial
FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE MR A.D. VAN DER PLOEG, A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
A Dutch figured and burr-walnut longcase clock with planisphere dial

JOH. PIETER KROESE (1702-1778), AMSTERDAM. SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY

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A Dutch figured and burr-walnut longcase clock with planisphere dial
Joh. Pieter Kroese (1702-1778), Amsterdam. Second half 18th century
The case of typical form surmounted by giltwood figural finials, the polychrome painted brass dial depicting an allegory on trade and science, silvered chapter ring with sword-hilt half hour markers, signed Joh. Pieter Kroese, Amsterdam, matted centre with subsidiary seconds ring with date aperture, silvered alarm setting disc, ringed winding holes, sector for day of week and zodiac sign above VI, the shaped arch engraved with scene of ships and a landscape, the planisphere showing (from outside): fixed ring engraved III-XII-VIII to show sunrise to sunset, engraved and painted revolving inner disc showing annual calendar (date, month and zodiac), elevation of the sun in the horizon and a revolving moon phase indicating position of the moon and phase, brass four pillar eight day movement, anchor escapement, Dutch strike and alarm on two bells above, the alarm work mounted to the left upperside of movement; two large and two small weights, pendulum, doorkey and crank key
290 cm. high

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COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
Jaap Zeeman, De Nederlandse Staande Klok, Zwolle, 1996, pp.436-457 C.A. Grimbergen, De ontwikkeling van het Nederlandse uurwerk, Zaandam, 1991, p.17-21
Tardy, French Clocks, Clocks the World Over, Vol. III, Paris, 1982, p.261

Dutch longcase clocks with planisphere dials are rare.
During the 18th century longcase clocks with astronomical indications were only made in Amsterdam and Friesland. Only a few have appeared at auction in recent years, by the following makers:

Thomas Thomsen, Amsterdam (Christie's Amsterdam, property of the late Mrs Feitz-Dreesmann, 29 september 1998, lot 309)

Peter Swaan, Amsterdam (Christie's Amsterdam, The Dr Anton C. Dreesman Collection, 16 April 2002, lot 1335)

Johannes van Wijk, Amsterdam (Christie's Amsterdam, The Collection of the late Mrs. Doodeheefver-Toonen, 1 July 2004)

Thomas Thomsen, Amsterdam (Christie's London, Magnificent Clocks, 15 September 2004, lot 36)

Paulus Bramer, Amsterdam (Sotheby's New York, Masterpieces from the Time Museum, Part IV, 13 October 2004, lot 548)

Rutgerus Van Meurs, Amsterdam (Christie's London, Important Clocks, 5 July 2006, lot 145)


J.P. Kroese (Kruse), originally from Wuppertal, is recorded working in Amsterdam in 1729. He had his workshop together with his son Pieter Kroese. The workshop was situated in the Kalverstraat in the city centre of Amsterdam.
Enrico Morpurgo notes an astronomical clock by J.P. Kroese being sold by Mak van Waay in 1938 and 1946 (Nederlandse klokken-en horlogemakers vanaf 1300, Amsterdam, 1970).

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