A good and attractive Dutch burr walnut quarter striking longcase clock with ships automaton, J. Elias third quarter 18th century
20,000 - 25,000 EUR
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31.5-cm engraved silvered chapter ring signed Joh.s Elias Amsterdam with foliate pierced border, foliate pierced hands, subsidiary seconds and apertures for date, day, month and moonphase, a polychrome painted theatrical opening below flanked by deities showing the ship automaton with connection to the going train of the anchor movement with trip repeating rack Dutch quarter striking on alternating bells, well made burr walnut veneered case, the bell top hood surmounted by a giltwood atlas and two angels throughout adorned with rare well engraved pierced brass frets, showing flowers, scrolls and personifications, break arch glazed door flanked by brass capped pilasters, the canted corners of the trunk adorned with foliate carving, long shaped door with chequered inlaid banding and Chronos lenticle, moulded bombed base with further chequered inlay, moulded plinth with further carving raised on claw feet
In the detail shown to the right, one can see the quality of the engraved pierced brass frets which are a very rare feature on these clocks.