In order to gain admittance to the Augsburg Guild it was necessary to make a clock according to strict guidelines which had been laid down in 1558 and amended in 1577. The guidelines were still in force in the 18th century and, despite huge advances in clockmaking and changes in styles, remained virtually unaltered from the 16th century. The only later concession was for a pendulum to fitted but even this was not introduced until 1703, over forty years after its invention.
The present clock dates to circa 1740 and yet no clockmaker of the 18th century would have made such an old-fashioned clock except to gain admittance to the Guild and this must therefore be Johann Peter Mayr's masterpiece.
A very similar masterpiece clock by Johannes Braun was sold Sotheby's, London, 19th December, 2000, Lot 301.
A further example in a fitted altar-form case is illustrated Maurice, Klaus Die Deutsche Raderuhr, Munich 1976, fig. 709
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