Whilst the region encompassing Vienna in the east to Munich and Nuremburg in the west dominated domestic clockmaking in the sixteenth Century, the town of Augsburg itself dominated that region. The Augsburg Clockmakers' Guild strictly controlled the making of clocks and the makers themselves. Demanding the creation of a complicated masterpiece before a permission to work independently was granted, the Guild inadvertently created a market for clocks which were both highly complicated but also highly decorative.
This clock, though unsigned, is a particularly fine example and includes all of the qualities required for a masterpiece clock in both complications and decoration. The attention to detail in the decorative steelwork within the movement, seen only by those accessing the interior of the case, is just one example of the supreme level of craftsmanship achieved at this early date. Examples of clocks with very similar cases can be seen in the Science Museum, London and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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