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German
A MAGNIFICENT GILT-METAL, ENAMEL, RUBY AND DIAMOND-SET OBELISK TIMEPIECE WITH GOLD MOUNTS AND RENAISSANCE STYLE DECORATION CIRCA 1720
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 GBP
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German
A MAGNIFICENT GILT-METAL, ENAMEL, RUBY AND DIAMOND-SET OBELISK TIMEPIECE WITH GOLD MOUNTS AND RENAISSANCE STYLE DECORATION CIRCA 1720
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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German
A MAGNIFICENT GILT-METAL, ENAMEL, RUBY AND DIAMOND-SET OBELISK TIMEPIECE WITH GOLD MOUNTS AND RENAISSANCE STYLE DECORATION CIRCA 1720
Movement: rectangular gilded full plates, verge escapement, pierced and engraved balance bridge, fusee and chain
Dial: gold champlevé dial, Roman numerals with half hour divisions between, inner ring with quarter hour divisions, blued steel single hour hand, backplate with applied diamond, ruby and enamel decoration, subsidiary dial to the upper point of the obelisk for minutes
Case: gilt brass with gold mounts, base with three glazed panels, applied foil backed diamonds and rubies, chased detail to the background, the top with four panels, glazed apertures, four winged sphinxes supporting each corner, embellished with applied enamel scrolls and swags, highlighted with foil backed rubies and diamonds, chased detail to the background, surmounted by an urn with enamel decoration
height 23 cm
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Provenance

Antiquorum, Geneva, 12 April 2003, lot 494

Catalogue Note

The present lot is probably from Dresden and likely the work of Court Jeweller Johann Heinrich Köhler (1669-1736).  He worked as a goldsmith, jeweller, and ivory carver, and went on to become the court Jeweller in 1718 under Friedrich Augustus I of Saxony.  For two clocks of similar design see Joachim Menzhausen, The Green Vaults, Leipzig ,1970, p. 101, pl. 106.  Kohler was one of several who supplied the Dresden Court in the circle of Johann Melchior Dinglinger.

A famous Dinglinger obelisk in Dresden is illustrated in Johann Melchior Dinglinger Band 1 , p. 219 fig. 281

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