Lot 274: A RENAISSANCE GILT-COPPER TURMCHENUHR WITH AUTOMATON AND ALARM, POSSIBLY JOSEPH MOTTE, AUGSBURG, CIRCA 1630 AND LATER |
January 19, 2017
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 1¾-inch dial with silvered chapter ring engraved for twelve and twenty-four hours, central gilt alarm disc, the fusee and chain movement with later conversion to verge escapement and pendulum, going train re-trained, the striking train with lipped barrel and iron wheelwork, locking plate striking on a bell and driving the automaton, alarm train acting on the bell and signed on the alarm plate with the Augsburg pineapple and indistinct makers stamp IMI in a shield, the case with domed top and finial above a revolving automaton scene, the sides with later glazed panels, the pierced moulded plinth concealing the bell
Dial rather tarnished, hand replaced. Movement is complete and looks though it would run but may benefit from a service, going train replaced and with conversion to verge and pendulum, striking train appears top retain the original wheelwork. Case gilding rather worn in places, shields replaced front and back, glass inserts added to sides, section of gallery loose but we have it, other faults throughout. With four winders.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
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Formerly in the collection of the nobleman and industrialist Adolf Landsberger von Freideck (1840-1914), Moravia;
Thence by descent
Dimensions: 30cm. 11¾in. high