German Hexagonal Table Clock

  • This 17th-century cased table clock displays exceptional beauty and innovation
  • The fascinating case features silvered cooper walls with eye-catching floral repoussé embellishments
  • Ebony veneered, the case is striking and bold, and rest atop six bun feet
  • The top is inset with an applied silver chapter ring marking the hours in roman numbers I-XII
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Item No. 30-1653

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Exceptional beauty and innovation are on display in this rare German Renaissance table clock. Undeniably, some of the finest clocks of the 17th century were produced in the South German town of Augsburg. This clock, crafted by Augsburgian clockmaker Elias Weckherlin, displays the technological innovation and elaborate gilt decoration typical of the area and period. German Renaissance table clocks similar to this spectacular piece can be found in the collections of London's British Museum, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Frick Collection in New York.

Ebony veneered, the case is striking and bold, with silvered cooper walls displaying eye-catching floral repoussé embellishments. The exceptional artistry of the case and dial extends to the innovative and technologically advanced movement, which is just as elaborately adorned. The stately hexagonal firegilt brass self-strike movement boasts a verge escapement, brass fuses, lipped barrels and an engraved hammer.

Movement marked, Elias Weckherlin, Augsburg, circa 1680

7 3/4” wide x 6 3/4” deep x 4 3/4” high

Reference:
Britten's Old Clocks and Watches and Their Makers, 1973, C. Clutton, G. H. Baille, F. J. Britten, et al.
This rare 18th-century German table clock boasts silvered cooper walls with repoussé embellishments
Maker: Weckherlin, Elias
Period: 17th Century
Origin: Germany
Type: Desk/Writing Tables
Depth: 6.75 Inches
Width: 7.75 Inches
Height: 4.75 Inches

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