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Lot No. 170 (94th Auction)
Jullien Le Roy à Paris, 132 mm, 1130 g, circa 1760

A remarkable and extremely rare ornate rococo carriage clock of historical interest, with quarter repeater, alarm and date – with original leather transport box. According to the consignor, who is a direct descendant of master of household Gottlob Heinrich von Minckwitz (1775-1851), the clock was given as a present by King Anthony of Saxony to Gottlob Heinrich von Minckwitz. With original ornamental wooden stand
Case: silver, the back side finely decorated with engraved cartouches, rocailles, volutes and foliate decor, open-worked edge, rear bell. Dial: enamel, "en bosse". Movm.: full plate movement, chain/fusee, 2 florally engraved barrels for striking- and alarm train, 3 hammers, verge escapement, three-arm brass balance.

The inside of the bezel is engraved "A 1 12 68 / R", which could either be an inventory number or a monogram with date. According to the consignor – who is a direct descendant of master of household Gottlob Heinrich von Minckwitz (1775-1851) – the engraving could be a record of the presentation of the clock by Saxon King Anthony (Anton Rex, 1827-1836) to Gottlob Heinrich von Minckwitz. If the engraving stands for a date, the presentation must have taken place well before December 1, 1868 though, in von Minckwitz’ lifetime.
The cursive lettering, which was obviously added at a later date, could also possibly represent the production date of the watch and stand for 1768, or even the date when the watch may have been purchased for Saxon Prince Anthony, who was born in 1755 and accessed the throne of Saxony, however unwillingly, in 1827 at the age of 71.
According to the descendant we can accept that the initials "AR" derive from the household inventory list (or even that of the Saxon court at the time) – no one in the family line carries the same initials and, even more significantly, other gifts from the Saxon King Anthony to the family are marked with the same initials.
Estimate  15,000 - 20,000 €

Price Realised  19,900 €
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