Lot No. 161 (99th Auction)
Hans Straus Fecit von Augsburg, 152 x 153 x 74 mm, circa 1580

An important, horizontal, two-hand Renaissance table clock with hour strike, alarm and early minute indication
Case: firegilt brass case, moulded, cast decoration, two pierced walls with rosette-shaped sound holes, voluted feet. Dial: brass, firegilt, engraved, central alarm disc with sunburst ornament, outer ring with twelve touch studs for the hours and four for the quarter hours, iron hands for the indication of minutes and hours. Movm.: square iron movement in two levels, 2 barrels for hour strike and alarm, central hour bell / 1 hammer, opening for alarm bell / 1 hammer, stackfreed, verge escapement, rim foliot, hogs bristle regulator.

This beautiful Augsburg Renaissance-style table clock is signed inside the lid. The four outer walls are decorated with cast scrollwork ornaments and mascarons; two sides have open-work corners for the sound of the alarm bell. The dial has engraved Arabic minutes and Roman hours as well as a quarter hour indication; the revolving alarm disc sits in the centre and is exquisitely engraved with an ornamental sun. A delicate iron hand shows the hours while a long and narrow rod-shaped iron hand indicates the minutes. The four spandrels are engraved with winged cherubs' heads and the detachable back plate is elaborately engraved with strapwork. The hour bell sits in a central opening and an exquisitely ornamented sound hole for the alarm is located near the rim.
Estimate  16,000 - 30,000 €

Price Realised  27,500 €
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