Lot No. 183 (99th Auction)
Monogramist "HK" within an oval (attributed to Hans Koch, Munich), Height 175 mm, circa 1580

A small tabernacle clock dating from the late Renaissance period, with a single hand, hour strike, alarm and date indicator
Case: brass, firegilt, three-quarter columns with cast ornamentation, engraved base and roof panel, 2 hammers/1 bell, four corner balusters, foliage decoration, urn finial, front pendulum. Dial: Front - applied silver chapter ring with Roman numerals "I-XII" and inner 24-hour brass ring with Arabic numerals and raised dots for night reading, central alarm disc with Arabic numerals; subsidiary date dial (30 days) with raised dots, blued iron hands. Back - control dial for the hour strike, subsidiary dial divided "1-9", each section with Arabic numerals and raised dots, iron hands, winding squares. Movm.: iron frame, iron and brass train, 2 x chain/fusee for going and striking train, verge escapement.

Maker to the court Hans Koch of Munich became a master metalworker and member of the guild in 1554. He was soon after employed by the House of Wittelsbach as a watchmaker, and the bills recorded in the court account books of 1556 show that he was well paid for his work at court. In 1581 Hans Koch applied for the position of maker to the court for the first time but it was 1588 before Duke William V (1579-1597) appointed him as successor of Ulrich Schniep, who was deceased. The court account books list Koch until his death in 1603. Hans Koch was an ingenious maker who was well known beyond the borders of Bavaria.

- Collection Abbott-Guggenheim, New York
- Sold at an auction at Christie's, New York, "The Abbott-Guggenheim Collection", January 28, 2015, lot no. 18
- Collection Robert de Balkany, Paris
- Sold at an auction at Sotheby's, Paris, "Robert de Balkany, Rue de Varenne, Paris", September 20, 2016, lot no. 372
- German private collection
Estimate  9,000 - 15,000 €

Price Realised  9,400 €
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