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A GERMAN GILT-BRONZE AND BRASS STRIKING AND AUTOMATON BACCHUS CLOCK
A GERMAN GILT-BRONZE AND BRASS STRIKING AND AUTOMATON BACCHUS CLOCK
A GERMAN GILT-BRONZE AND BRASS STRIKING AND AUTOMATON BACCHUS CLOCK
A GERMAN GILT-BRONZE AND BRASS STRIKING AND AUTOMATON BACCHUS CLOCK
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A GERMAN GILT-BRONZE AND BRASS STRIKING AND AUTOMATON BACCHUS CLOCK

HANS CHRISTOPH KREITZER OR KONRAD KREITZER, AUGSBURG, FIRST QUARTER 17TH CENTURY, LATER BASE

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A GERMAN GILT-BRONZE AND BRASS STRIKING AND AUTOMATON BACCHUS CLOCK
HANS CHRISTOPH KREITZER OR KONRAD KREITZER, AUGSBURG, FIRST QUARTER 17TH CENTURY, LATER BASE
The figure of bacchus, with part polychrome surfaces, sitting astride a wine barrel holding a vine-wrapped staff to his left hand and a bottle to his right, with automaton features; his eyes moving with the balance spring, his right arm rising to his opening jaw at the hour, ebonised glazed hexagonal base raised on recumbent lion feet, the rear of barrel stamped 'C K' flanking an Augsburg pine cone mark and with strap engraved 'XXXX IIII', the barrel front with silvered twice XII dial, the foliate engraved base with quarters dial, both with enamel decoration; the movement with hexagonal steel top plate and brass bottom plate joined by steel pillars, twin gut fusees and plain steel spring balance, formerly with hog's hair regulation, bell and hinged base plate
12 in. (30.5 cm.) high, 8 in. (20.4 cm.) wide, 10 ½ in. (26.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
Probably Schloss Collection.
Literature
F.J. Britten, Old Clocks and Watches & Their Makers, second edition London 1904, p. 114, fig. 111.
R. A. Davis, Time Pieces, Staten Island Museum, New York, 1959, cover illustration.
C. Vincent, Northern European Clocks in New York Collections, New York, 1972, p. 19.
K. Maurice, Die deutsche Räderluhr, Band II, Munich, 1976, p. 53, fig. 351.
K. Maurice and O. Mayr, eds., The Clockwork Universe, German Clocks and Automata 1550-1650, Munich, 1980, p. 269.
Exhibited
Staten Island Museum, New York, Time Pieces, 11 January – 1 March 1959, cat. no. PDG 6.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Northern European Clocks in New York Collections, 4 January - 28 March 1972, inv. no. 27, inventory label 'L. 1971. 93. 12'.
The Clockwork Universe, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich and National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institution), Washington, 1980/81, cat no. 98.

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Lot Essay

Albert Schloss amassed a large collection of early clocks and watches, many illustrated in early editions of Britten (op cit). The watches were sold at Christie's, 8 December 1913.

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