"VM" (presumably Ulrich Marquart), Augsburg, 70 x 39 mm, 107 g, circa 1550
An important, octagonal one-handed pre-balance watch with engraved view of Munich Case: brass, firegilt, rear bell. Dial: silver, centre with engraved view of Munich. Movm.: octagonal brass full plate movement, gut/fusee, verge escapement, stackfreed, foliot.
Jürgen Abeler‘s book "Meister der Uhrmacherkunst" lists Ulrich Marquardt III as an independent clockmaker in Augsburg from 1549 on. Tax records of Marquardt exist from 1548 to 1567 (when he moved outside the city limits of Augsburg).
Identifying contemporary city portraits on vintage clocks is very hard to do; however, the dial of this clock very clearly shows the two onion domes of the Frauenkirche in Munich (consecrated on April 14, 1494). To the left stands St. Peter’s Church, called "Alter Peter" (Old Pete) by the locals.
Estimate 16,000 - 20,000 €
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