Lot No. 296 (95th Auction)
Johann Friedrich Schumann à Dresde, 51 mm, 102 g, circa 1800

An important verge pocket watch made by one of the most eminent Dresden clock and watch maker
Case: silver. Dial: enamel. Movm.: full plate movement, chain/fusee, three-arm brass balance.

Johann Friedrich Schumann (1754-1817) was the son of master shoemaker J.Fr. Schumann, a highly respected citizen of Dresden. On July 6, 1769 - at the age of 15 - Schumann began his five year apprenticeship with J.Fr. Naumann.
Naumann came from a renowned watchmaking family himself and had an excellent reputation, so that the young man enjoyed an extremely high quality education. In May 1784 Johann Friedrich Schumann applied to the watchmaker’s guild in Dresden for his master’s rights; the rules required him to create a master piece within six months - a fully functioning repeater pocket watch with cylinder escapement and second. Schumann delivered the watch to the guild and passed his exam; he became a master on August 17, 1784. He held a high position in the guild from 1803 to 1810. When he was appointed horologist to the court (1808-1817), he had to give up his position in the guild for reasons of impartiality. Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes returned to Dresden around 1813 to become a master and began working for Schumann; after some delay due to the Napoleonic Wars he eventually became a master in 1815 and married Johann Friedrich Schumann’s only daughter a few days later. Schumann died in 1817 and Gutkaes took over his father-in-law’s business.
Schumann produced pocket watches and a number of longcase clocks of outstanding quality that were intended almost solely for scientific purposes. The few pieces by Schumann that have survived are of sound quality and attest to his great horological knowledge and skill.

Auctioneers Dr. Crott wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the author Bernd Schaarschmidt.
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Estimate  4,500 - 8,000 €

Price Realised  4,600 €
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