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A SOUTH GERMAN GILT-METAL AND EBONY STRIKING AND AUTOMATON FIGURAL CLOCK
MICHAEL KRAZ, AUGSBURG, SECOND QUARTER 17TH CENTURY
Modelled with a chased gilt-metal rampant lion, its eyes moving with the beat of the escapement and its jaws opening and closing with the strike, his paws supporting an engraved shield inset with a chapter ring with blued steel hand (calibrated I-XII and 13-24), resting on a diamond-engraved platform set with a time adjustment dial calibrated I-IIII, above an octagonal ebony plinth with glazed viewing apertures within ripple-moulded frames and raised on eight gilt-metal feet; the movement secured to the case with turn catches, with octagonal plates joined by four pillars, chain fusee and barrel for the going train and barrel for the strike train, verge and balance escapement, unpierced countwheelfor strike on bell, with engraved strike cage, signed on the back plate 'Michael Kraz Augspurg' (sic); restorations
An automaton lion clock of related design, by Jeremias Pfaff, was sold Christie's London, Important Marine Chronometers, Clocks and Watches, 12 June 1996, lot 274.