Lot No. 235 (95th Auction)
Johann Gottlieb Kriedel à Cottbus, Height 260 mm, dated 1759

An important and very fine miniature table clock with quarter hour / hour self strike "Grande Sonnerie", quarter hour / hour repeater and alarm from the late baroque period
Case: gilt brass/silvered. Dial: silver Champlevé. Movm.: rectangular brass full plate movement, 4 barrels, chain/fusee, 4 engraved hammers / 2 bells, short pendulum.

The gilt brass body has a Flemish pediment and baroque-style ornamentation; the front is decorated with engraved volutes and acanthus leaves. The gently domed roof has four flowers across the corners and a female figure with an ouroboros in the centre. Above the silver Champlevé dial sits a round silver cartouche with the watchmaker’s signature "J.G. Kriedel Cottbus". Front and sides are fitted with screwed-on silvered ornamental frames with windows, so that movement and pendulum are visible. The back has a door with embedded bells which are held by two ribbons. The body sits on a curved and silvered baroque-style base with four winged claw feet.

Johann Gottlieb Kriedel is the son of famous clockmaker Johann Gottfried Kriedel (1702-1757), also known as Kridell, Kriedell, Krid - or backwards Ledeirk, of Budissin (Bautzen). From 1754 on he also lived and worked in Cottbus. During our 88th auction we presented a nearly identical table clock signed and dated 1749 by the father Johann Gottfried as lot 352; another is kept in the Mathematisch Physikalischer Salon in Dresden. It can be assumed that Johann Gottlieb completed his father’s unfinished piece two years after his death and signed it with his own signature.
Estimate  7,500 - 12,000 €

Price Realised  12,400 €
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