‘Haagse klok’ Severijn Oosterwijck fecit Hagae Ca. 1680 Holland
Ebony and ormolu striking ‘Haagse klok’
Signed: Severijn Oosterwijck fecit Hagae
The movement has four ring-turned pillars, verge escapement and a silk suspended pendulum with cycloidal cheeks, and is driven by a finely pierced and engraved single barrel with double action. The striking mechanism has a gilt large-numbered outside countwheel with finely engraved tulips and a steel hand, with hour and half-hour strike on a surmounted bell, the backplate is signed: Severijn Oosterwijck Fecit Haghe.
The hinged velvet covered brass dial has a skeletonised Roman hour chapter ring with half-hour marks and with a quarter division and Arabic minute division, it has finely pierced and engraved gilt hands, with a delicate ormolu figure of Chronos below and a skeletonised signature: S. Oosterwijck fecit Hagae.
has a moulded arched pediment that is applied with a gilt-brass foliate mount, the sides have rectangular glass panels of which one side has a door, the front door is flanked by spirally turned pilasters and has foliate garland mounts below, the inside of the case has a padouk and pernambuco star-inlay, with a moulded base and on bun feet.
Duration 8 days
Height 51 cm
Width 36 cm
Depth 16 cm
Severijn Oosterwijck (before 1637-between 1690 and 1694)
Severijn Oosterwijck married Sara Jans van Dueren at the tender age of twenty and was first mentioned in The Hague in 1658 where a year later he became a citizen of the city. A clockmaker of great repute, he made experimental clocks with a 1-second pendulum for Christiaan Huygens from 1663-1665; one of which was sent to William Brouncker, president of the Royal Society in London. In 1688, while working with his son Adam, he was granted permission to establish a Clockmaker’s Guild by the magistrates of The Hague. His two other sons Johannes, who worked in Amsterdam, and Jacob, who worked in Rotterdam, kept the family tradition and were clockmakers too. When the famous clockmaker died, he was well in his fifties, leaving behind masterpieces that we still admire to this day. Severijn’s sons continued to build and thrive on their father’s excellent craftsmanship.
An illustration of a comparable table clock with carillon, signed by both father and son can be found in E. Von Bassermann-Jordan Uhren.
Dr. R. Plomp, Spring-driven Dutch pendulum clocks 1657-1710, Interbook International, Schiedam 1979, p. 178-181.
H.M. Vehmeyer, Clocks. Their origin and development 1320-1880, Volume II, Gent 2004, p. 986.
E. Von Bassermann-Jordan, Uhren, Braunschweig 1969, p. 208.
MENTINK & ROEST, magnificent clocks from the Mentink & Roest Collection, p. 8-9.