28 January 2015
A GERMAN GILT-BRASS, SILVERED AND EBONISED BOXWOOD STRIKING AND AUTOMATON CRUCIFIX CLOCK
JACOB MAYR, AUGSBURG, CIRCA 1670
The engraved crucifix with orb finial showing the hours, flanked to the base by figures of St. John the Evangelist and the Virgin Mary, the latter raising a chalice when the clock strikes; the movement with pierced and engraved frame and vase-shaped pillars, with fixed barrels for strike and time and steel three-arm balance with hogs bristle regulation, signed to the bottom plate 'Jacobus Mayr Augustanus', with goose head hammer to bell mounted to hinged baseplate
12 in. (30.5 cm.) high, 6 ½ in. (16 cm.) wide, 4 in. (10 cm.) deep
Christie's, London, 5 April 1966, lot 37.
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K. Maurice, Die deutsche Räderuhr, Band II, Munich, 1976 p. 58-59, fig. 413.
A virtually identical clock, unsigned, from the Schloss Collection is illustrated in F. J. Britten, Old Clocks and Watches & Their Makers, London 1932 (6th Ed.) p. 127, fig. 129.
Jacob Mayr (b. circa 1648 - d. 1714), master in 1672, (see lot 17).
The date should read ‘Circa 1670 and later’.
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