Samuel Haug, Augsburg und Dresden, punch mark "SA:HA: in Dresden", 130 x 130 x 85 mm, circa 1630
A square cased horizontal table clock with quarter hour / hour self strike and alarm of museum quality - with King Augustus the Strong provenance Case: brass, firegilt, the side panels with applied pierced silver decoration, each panel centred with a cartouche with the coat of arms and the initials of August the Strong, the four corners decorated with acanthus tendrils, four lion-paw feet, 2 bells. Dial: brass, firegilt, signed, engraved with strawberry motif and foliate scrolls, applied silvered chapter ring with radial Roman hours, sunk alarm disc with centred florally engravings, blued steel hands with flower motif. Movm.: square brass movement, firegilt, florally engraved, pierced appliques, chain/fusee for going train, 3 barrels for hour strike, quarter hour strike and alarm, baluster-shaped movement pillars, 2 hammers with gilt heads formed and engraved with exotic fish, additional hammer and bell for alarm, control dial for quarter hour strike, locking plate, hog's bristle, verge escapement, two-arm steel balance without balance spring, florally engraved and pierced ornaments, fine florally engraved, pierced balance cock with mythical creature.
This clock was originally created in the time of Johann George I (1585-1656), Elector of Saxony from 1611 to 1656 and grandfather of Augustus II the Strong. The clock was obviously passed through the family and Augustus had it modified to carry his own initials and coat of arms.
Augustus II the Strong, King of Poland Born May 12, 1670 in Dresden. Became Frederick Augustus I, Elector of Saxony in 1694 after the sudden death of his older brother and King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania as Augustus II in 1697. Augustus the Strong joined an alliance with Russia in the Great Northern War and was defeated by King Charles XII of Sweden. >From 1704 to 1709 Stanislaus Leszczynski replaced him on the Polish throne until the defeat of Charles XII at Poltawa. As Elector of Saxony Augustus was considered the archetype of an absolute ruler, whereas he was more or less an impotent king of Poland due to the opposition of the nobility and the influence of Peter the Great. His building and collecting activities from 1720 onwards gave Warsaw and Dresden their famous baroque buildings and magnificent collections, such as the Zwinger in Dresden with its wonderful porcelain collection. Augustus the Strong is said to have fathered 267 children. He died in Warsaw on January 31, 1733 during the night. Source: http://www.wissen.de/wde/generator/wissen/ressorts/geschichte/index,page=1054236.html, as of 08/12/2010
Samuel Haug According to Jürgen Abeler, Samuel Haug signed his pieces with the abbreviation "SA/HA" or "SiHiA". Haug was born in Augsburg in 1580 and became an independent watchmaker in 1612; he created a great number of pieces such as table clocks, figure clocks and astronomical clocks. Today his creations can be found in many museums and collections. Haug died 1637 in Augsburg. Source: Jürgen Abeler, Meister der Uhrmacherkunst, 2nd Edition, Wuppertal 2010, p. 223.
Estimate 30,000 - 40,000 €
Price Realised 35,500 €
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