MADONNA CLOCK Ca. 1630 Germany

Renaissance clocks


Circa 1630

The spring-driven, day-going movement of this religious table clock, a so-called Figurenuhr, here depicting a Madonna, is constructed between brass plates. It consists of going and striking trains. The going train has a spring barrel, chain fusee and verge escapement with balance. The striking train is controlled by a countwheel and indicates the hours fully on a bell. Should the striking be out of synch with the time indication, this can be put right with a pin through a small hole in the top of the case. The clock is wound from the back through two holes in the bell.

The dial is formed by the rotating crown of the Madonna figure. The silvered brass chapter ring at the bottom of the crown has Roman hour numerals. The time is indicated by the sceptre in Mary’s hand, the chapter ring revolving behind this sceptre.

The fire-gilt brass Madonna figure stands on a fire-gilt and engraved brass plate, which is the top of a shaped hexagonal ebony case. There is a sunburst aureole behind her. The case has delicate silver ornaments to the sides as well as mouldings at the top and the bottom. The movement is situated in the hexagonal case and can be accessed from the bottom. The whole rests on six raised gilt-brass bun feet
Duration 24 uur

Height 29.5 cm.
Width 20 cm.
Depth 12.5 cm.

-Die deutsche Räderuhr, Band II, afbeelding 393 t/m 400 Auteur: Klaus Maurice. (G22)
-Klaus Maurice and Otto Mayer, Die Welt als Uhr, Deutsche Uhren und Automaten 1550-1650, München, 1980, p. 239.

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