GERMAN | AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE GILT BRASS COMBINED POWDER-FLASK AND WATCH IN FORM OF AN ANTLER WITH HIGHLY DETAILED DECORATIONS CIRCA 1570
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- AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE GILT BRASS COMBINED POWDER-FLASK AND WATCH IN FORM OF AN ANTLER WITH HIGHLY DETAILED DECORATIONS CIRCA 1570
Movement: gilded drum-clock with verge escapement, later balance, gut-fuseeDial: gilt brass, outer chapter with Roman numerals I to XII, touch pins above, inner chapter displaying Arabic numerals 13 – 24, gilded single handCase: gilt bronze, in the shape of highly decorated stag horn powder flask, the one side with cast decoration bearing intricate chased hunting scenes likely to be derived from the designs of Jan Stradanus - a castle is depicted in the far distance, a stag is seen followed by several animated hunting dogs, below a hunter attacks a bear with his spear while hunting dogs are jumping on top of him, the lower parts are displaying a variety of wild animals within bushes and trees, on the right two men, one with a lantern to attract the ducks in the pond and the second man with a large net ready to catch the oncoming birds, the other side is engraved with arabesques and foliate scrolls, the watch is contained within a hinged open-work cover that is secured by a hook at 12 o’clock.
Klaus Maurice, Die deutsche Räderuhr, p. 470
The present powder flask with watch is illustrated in Klaus Maurice Die deutsche Räderuhr, p. 470. A similar powder flask, but without the watch, can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum and another in the Museum für Kunst, Dortmund, see: Katalog Gold und Silber, 1965, pl. 25. A rapier and companion dagger with watches by Tobias Reichel, Court Clockmaker in Dresden, which date to c. 1610, are illustrated in Haenel Kostbare Waffen, pl. 59, e, f. and Baillie, Watches Their History Decoration and Mechanism, pl. X.