PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION
Some of the finest clocks of the late 16th Century were produced in South Germany, centred around Augsburg. This clock, though unsigned and without a town mark, is of fine quality and has an oval base with decoration typical of the area and period. During the last quarter of the 16th Century a fashion developed for novelty clocks incorporating automaton figures of exotic or mythological creatures such as camels, bears, lions, eagles and gryphons. The present clock appears to be the only recorded representation of a unicorn from that period and is a particularly elegant and fine example.
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