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Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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Gutkaes, Dresden
A RARE GOLD QUARTER REPEATING AND QUARTER STRIKING CLOCK WATCH CIRCA 1820, NO. 9
Movement: gilded, cylinder escapement, steel escape wheel, plain three-arm balance with parachute and compensation curbs, separate hanging barrels for going and strike trains, polished steel repeating and striking rack mounted above open-work gilded bridges, coiled gongs
Dial: white enamel dial, Arabic numerals, outer minute ring, blued steel moon hands, signed Gutkaes
Case: pink gold, the back with radiating sunburst engine-turning, oval cartouche engraved with monogram 'K', milled bezel and band, gilt-metal hinged cuvette with three apertures for winding going and strike trains and adjusting hands, the cuvette's edge engraved for strike/silent and grande/petite sonnerie with corresponding levers beneath, pendant with repeating button, cuvette signed, numbered and dated Gutkaes in Dresden, 1820, no.9, case back with indistinct maker's mark   
diameter 62mm
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Provenance

Sotheby's New York, Fine Watches from the Atwood Collection, 11 December 1986, lot 160

Literature

Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne, the Watchmakers of Dresden, 1997, p.72, fig. 154

Catalogue Note

Johan Christian Friederich Gutkaes (1785-1845) served as clockmaker to the Court of Saxony in Dresden. He had a large influence on the birth of the Glashütte watch industry as he trained Adolf Lange, Adolf Schneider, and Karl Moritz Grossmann. Both Lange and Schneider married Gutkaes' daughters. Lange's earliest pieces were signed Gutkaes & Lange. For a full discussion on Gutkaes, see R. Meis, A. Lange & Söhne, the Watchmakers of Dresden Vol I, 2012, pp.60-93, figs.107-215.

Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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Geneva