Lot 15

CLOCK TO BE FITTED TO THE HOUR AND QUARTER RING The movement circa 1600, the cabinet and many of the dials from the last quarter of the 20th century
Side one: main dial at 24 hours with two hour scales (I to XII and 13 to 24), with fifteen minute divisions (not numbered), concentric around an astrolabe set for 48° latitude with silvered tympanum bearing the usual tracing (azimuths, almicantarats, the horizon, the equator, the houses of the sky and the unequal hours), spider (posterior), for twenty-eight named stars; antique steel hands including the one for the moon with a rotating sphere to show the lunar phases
Side 2: zodiac dial
Side 3: annual calendar with names of saints and feasts
Side 4: Alarm clock, quarter hour dial
Very beautiful iron movement with two gear bodies, verge escapement with pendulum in wheel, striking a stamp (signed "Louis du Bois") by two hammers; rectangular case in bronze and gilded brass without decoration on a base with two returns, the whole surmounted by a dome with arcades hiding the stamp
H. 79 cm (31 in.)
l. W.: 45 cm (17 ¾ in.)
P. : 35 cm (13 ¾ in.)
A table clock with hourly and quaterly chimes, the movement circa 1600, the cabinet and several of the dials from the last quarter of the 20th century
Our clock is a skillful reconstruction, whose roof treatment is reminiscent of the Metzker clock of 1573, in the style of the Augsburg clocks of the late 16th century. The layout of the spider on the astrolabe is very similar to the one signed 'A S' which adorns a table clock from Augsburg now in the collections of the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich (see Maurice & Mayr, 1980, pp.54 and 196-7), as is the spider on a clock by Jeremias Metzger from 1573 preserved in the Beyer Museum, Zurich (see "Antike uhren: das Museum der Zeitmessung Beyer Zurich", 1982, p.33).