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A gilt-bronze, gilt-copper, silver, enamel, ebony and ebonised automaton clock, Southern German, probably Augsburg, circa 1600
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 77,500 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
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A gilt-bronze, gilt-copper, silver, enamel, ebony and ebonised automaton clock, Southern German, probably Augsburg, circa 1600
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 77,500 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A gilt-bronze, gilt-copper, silver, enamel, ebony and ebonised automaton clock, Southern German, probably Augsburg, circa 1600
the schedule dial with a single hand on the dromedary indicating the hours in Roman numerals from I to XII, the bell dial numbered with Arabic numerals from 1 to 12 on the base; (the rider missing)
H. 40, 5 x larg. 26,5 x prof. 18 cm ; 16 x 10 1/2  x 7 in.
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Provenance

Kugel Gallery, Paris

Literature

Related litterature:
A. Kugel, Un bestiaire mécanique Horloges à automates de la Renaissance 1580-1640, Saint-Rémy-en-l'Eau, 2016

Catalogue Note

This model is part of a very limited group of automaton clocks representing a dromedary. The first mechanical clocks appeared at the beginning of the 14th century, first conceived as monumental clocks for belfries or bell towers. An ingenious production of automaton clocks then developed in Nuremberg from 1525. Among the best master clockmakers, Hans Bullman made beautiful pieces in 1535 commissioned for Vienna by the Emperor Ferdinand. Whilst in Augsbourg, the most prosperous period for clock making stretched from 1550 to 1600, which counted eighty-one master clockmakers. The creation of cases and figures however was beyond the competence of clockmakers who often called upon bronze sculptors, cabinetmakers and gold or silversmiths.

Pierre Bergé: From One Home to Another

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Paris