Lot No. 181* (99th Auction)
Master's Mark "NR" (Nikolaus I Rugendas, Augsburg), Height 315 mm, circa 1635

A figure clock with hour strike of museum quality, "Virgin Mary with Mandorla" - a rare example of a late, so-called "cercles tournants" clock
Case: bronze and brass, firegilt, chased, moulded ebony base with glazed sides, rear bell. Dial: silvered crown with revolving circlet and engraved hours. Movm.: brass full-plate movement, brass train, monogram "A.N.R." (Augustianus Nikolaus Rugendas) and Augsburg town mark "Pyr", chain/fusee for going train, barrel for striking train, count wheel, 1 hammer, verge escapement, two-arm balance with balance spring.

The cover plate of the rectangular, moulded ebony base on bun feet is engraved with a checkered pattern, the base has glass panels on front and back. The plate supports the exquisitely engraved firegilt bronze figure of the Madonna with child. She carries baby Jesus in her right arm and is surrounded by a mandorla of flames. The Madonna wears a crown with a revolving circlet with the hours engraved. Time is indicated through a blued scepter in her hand.

In 1980/81 the "Virgin Mary with Mandorla" was on loan to two exhibitions in Munich and in Washington, respectively: In 1980 it was part of "Die Welt als Uhr" (the clockwork universe) in the Bavarian national museum and of "The Clockwork Universe" in the National Museum of American History and Technology (Smithsonian Institution). Both exhibitions were exceptionally successful - in Munich alone the exhibition attracted more than 82.000 visitors. The catalogue published by Klaus Maurice and Otto Mayr shows and describes the "Virgin Mary with Mandorla" on pages 238 and 239 as one of the exhibits.

This clock is illustrated and described in Klaus Maurice, "Die deutsche Räderuhr", Vol. II, Munich 1976, Fig. 394.

- USA, private collection
Estimate  9,000 - 15,000 €

Price Realised  16,000 €
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