"ML" (attributed to Melchior Lienhard, Nuremberg), 95 mm, 956 g, circa 1600
A remarkable Southern German coach clock of museum quality with one hand, hour strike and alarm, dating from the time shortly before the Thirty Year's War Case: brass, firegilt, rear bell. Dial: brass, firegilt. Movm.: full plate movement, 2 florally engraved barrels for striking- and alarm train, 2 hammers, verge escapement, iron rim foliot without balance spring, count wheel, three-arm blued balance.
The open-work back of the firegilt brass case is decorated with a soldier scene: a horseman with a plumed and brimmed felt hat, waistcoat and rapier, jumping over a cannon. Behind the horseman to the left is a helmeted soldier carrying flag and shield, to the right a spearman is walking away. The open-work case band of balustrade form allows an unobstructed view of the bell. The dial has an outer hour ring with Roman numerals and dots for night reading. The alarm disc in the middle with Arabic numerals and a stylised central sun is framed by an ornamental braid. The intricate movement has five baluster pillars; the open-work balance cock is engraved with a bird motif surrounded by flowers and tendrils. The locking disc is decorated with floral engraving and has a pointer in the form of a hand. Other open-work applications show figural motifs.
Melchior Lienhard worked as a clockmaker around 1598 in Nuremberg. Other timepieces by Lienhard are a "clockwatch" with one hand and a hexagonal horizontal table clock dating from around 1606 that is held by the British Museum.
This clock is illustrated and described in: H.M. Vehmeyer "Clocks their origin and development 1320-1880", Vol. I, Wilsele 2004, p 126f.; a brand-new edition of this two-volume book (in original packaging) is part of the lot.
Estimate 50,000 - 70,000 €
Price Realised 58,300 €
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