Lot No. 171* (99th Auction)
French, Height 120 mm, circa 1580

A rare tabernacle clock with hour strike
Case: brass, firegilt, engraved, square section, detachable dome and base. Dial: gilt, Roman numerals, engraved with foliage in the recessed center, single blued iron hand. Movm.: brass movement in two levels, gut/fusee for going train, barrel for striking train, 1 bell (hammer lacking), locking plate for strike mechanism, later balance and spring.

This is an incredibly rare, gilt brass table clock in the form of a French tabernacle clock, with a square layout and walls that are all-over engraved. Both sides are engraved with a vase and fantasy birds, back and front are decorated with flowers and tendrils. A small gothic-style window on the right side shows the movement. The detachable dome with urn finial is open-worked and ornamented with chased flowers, dolphins and volutes; the cupola is separated in four segments by diagonal straps. An urn sits in each corner of the tower. The winding arbors sit in the base, which is also detachable.
Estimate  11,000 - 20,000 €
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