Lot No. 74 (91st Auction)
Hans Buschmann, Augsburg, Height 510 mm, circa 1650

An Augsburg bracket clock in a rare architectural "altar" case
Case: ebonized, veneered, softwood, finely moulded case, rectangular moulded base on four bun feet with a centred key drawer, flanked by two fluted 3/4 columns and projecting scrolls to the sides mounted with finials, broken triangle pediment centred by the bell and a finial, the back with a gilt brass door with hinge and two wall spikes. Dial: rectangular gilt dial, applied chapter rings for the hours and the quarters, Baroque hands. Movm.: square brass full plate movement, stamp "HB" within a shield for Hans Buschmann, 2 barrels, 2 x chain/fusse, square steel corner pillars, set-up ratchets and steel clicks, count wheel, verge escapement, three-arm brass balance.

Hans Buschmann (1600-1662)
Johann I (Hans) Buschmann was the second son of Caspar III (1563 - 1529, a rather insignificant watchmaker); Johann I seems to have been much more importance as a maker than his brother Matthäus. After his apprenticeship he worked with Jost Bürgi in Prague for some years, which must have been a superior training experience for him. After returning to Augsburg, Johann I created his master’s piece; in 1620 he inherited the right to run a smithy and established his own workshop. Johann I worked for Augustus, Duke of Brunswick; many of his clocks have been preserved - some of his bracket and mirror clocks are particularly excellent. Buschmann was one of very few makers capable of building the so-called anniversary clocks, which can run for an entire year on a single winding.
Source:, as of 01/29/2015

This clock has been in Iceland for many years and was the property of Frank le Sage de Fontenay, Danish Minister to Iceland from 1924 to 1946.
Estimate  6,000 - 8,000 €

Price Realised  8,100 €
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