Lot No. 265 (95th Auction)
Elias Kreitt Mayr inn Fridtberg (Elias Kreittmayer, Friedberg), Height 360 mm, circa 1680

A striking small baroque-style bracket clock in a rare altar case with elaborate figural silver mountings - a creation by one of the most important clockmakers of Friedberg
Case: ebonised wood, silver mountings. Dial: firegilt brass and silvered copper. Movm.: oblong full plate brass movement, lavishly engraved, 1 barrel, verge escapement, short pendulum.

This baroque-style bracket clock is housed in an impressive tabernacle case with overhanging base on four bun feet. The front is flanked by a pair of spiral-twist columns and glazed bulging sides. Inverted top with eagle finial on a protruding cornice. The case is lavishly decorated with filigree silver mountings showing a large variety of birds and figural scenes that symbolise the four continents known at the time: Asia, Europe, America and Africa.
The silvered dial with Roman hours is set in a brass plate with floral engraving. The back of the movement plate is lavishly decorated with engraved floral ornaments and bears the signature "Elias Kreitt Mayr inn Fridtberg".

Elias Kreittmayer (1639-1697) was an important watchmaker and Mayor of Friedberg. Kreittmayer married Katharin Erb, daughter of watchmaker Melchior Erb, in 1661. Today many of his pieces are held by notable museums and private collections.
Source: "Meister der Uhrmacherkunst" by Juergen Abeler, 2nd edition, Wuppertal 1977, p. 318.
Estimate  5,000 - 15,000 €

Price Realised  4,600 €
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