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Lot No. 176* (99th Auction)
Master's Mark "MW" and Town Mark "Veined Leaf", probably French, Height 350 mm, circa 1550

An extremely rare Renaissance tabernacle clock with hour and quarter hour striking mechanism
Case: bronze firegilt. Dial: Front side - applied hour chapter dial with radial Roman numerals, lavishly florally engraved centre, below the quarter strike dial. Reverse side - control dial for hour strike, additional control dial for quarter hour strike, iron hands. Movm.: iron frame, iron trains, going train with chain/fusee, verge escapement with ring balance, striking train with hour and quarter hour strike, two barrels.

The body rests on a square base raised on four claw feet and decorated with chased strapwork and mascarons. Front and back of the case are smooth and have individual, applied tracery ornaments, both hinged side panels are engraved with a Roman soldier. The corners are decorated with strapwork and urn finials. The clock tower consists of two parts; a balustrade crowned with fleur-de-lys encloses the first bell, the second, exposed bell at the top supports a finial of a Roman soldier with a lance.

This exceptional object stands out because of its wonderful original condition, which is of museum quality. Although watches and clocks were regularly adapted to suite prevailing taste and include new technical developments, this piece was hardly modified or modernised at all.
Estimate  16,000 - 25,000 €

Price Realised  17,500 €
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