Janus Hans Reinhold, Augsburg, 89 x 89 x 67 mm, circa 1625
A one-handed square cased hour repeating Augsburg table clock with hour self strike and alarm Case: firegilt brass case, polished sides with screwed on silver windows with facet glass, pierced and engraved brass feet, rear bell. Dial: brass, firegilt, elaborately engraved with personifications of the four seasons, applied silver chapter ring with inlaid radial Roman hours, centred alarm disc with Arabic numerals and florally engraved centre, pusher for repeater at "9", single blued iron hand. Movm.: square gilt brass movement, florally engraved, pierced appliques, signed, chain/fusee, florally pierced and engraved barrel for striking train, additional barrel for alarm, baluster movement pillars, 1 engraved hammer, additional hammer for alarm, locking plate for strike mechanism, verge escapement, three-arm brass balance, florally engraved, pierced balance cock.
The clockmaking family Reinhold The Reinhold family is originally from the city of Liegnitz near Wroclaw; Johann Reinhold the Elder was born there in 1550. He left his home town in 1566 and arrived in Augsburg a year later, where he worked as apprentice and journeyman for at least two masters. In 1584 Reinhold became a master himself. He was not only an exceptionally gifted clockmaker but also an excellent designer of astronomical gears. Together with Georg Roll, Reinhold created the famous celestial and terrestrial globes with clock movements, which Roll sold to Emperor Rudolf II for 1,200 thalers and to his brother Archduke Ernst for 1,500 thalers. In 1588 Reinhold produced his own terrestrial globe, which today belongs to the Greenwich museum.
In 1586 Johann Reinhold‘s first son Janus Hans Reinhold is born. In spring of 1596 Johann Reinhold died at the age of 46 and Caspar II Buschmann became the guardian of the family. Janus Hans Reinhold received the money for an apprenticeship and his father’s tools and clothing. On June 9, 1619 he is given the right to run his father’s smithy, which had lain idle since 1596 and thus became an independent clockmaker. Janus Hans Reinhold died in 1639.
This clock by Janus Hans Reinhold is not only interesting because of its mechanism and the elaborate case - until its recent discovery, the only known work of this master was a magnificent small monstrance clock that is owned by the Ashmolean museum in Oxford.
Estimate 12,000 - 16,000 €
Price Realised 11,500 €
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