HAGUE CLOCK Pieter Visbagh Hagae Ca. 1680 The Netherlands
Signed: Pieter Visbagh Hagae
The movement has going and striking trains, driven by a single barrel. The going train has verge escapement, with short, silk suspended pendulum between cycloidal cheeks. The striking mechanism has a gilt countwheel with finely engraved florals, with hour and half-hour strike on a bell mounted on the top of the case, behind an arched, moulded pediment. The backplate is signed: Pieter Visbagh fecit Hagae.
The black-velvet covered dial can be turned outwards on hinges to the left. It has a skeletonised gilded brass chapter ring with Roman hour numerals, half-hour, quarter and Arabic minute divisions. The time is indicated by a pair of pierced gilded brass hands. Under the dial is an elaborate skeletonised signature: Pieter Visbagh Hagae. The top corners have gilded cast brass spandrels in the shape of cherubs.
The broken-arch case is made of ebony-veneered pine. The glazed front door is flanked by barley twist pillars, whilst the sides have glazed rectangular panels with moulded frames. Upon turning the dial, a star-inlay in the back board is revealed. At the rear side of the top of the case there are two suspensions eyes, making the clock both a table and a wall clock. The whole rests on six ball feet, to prevent the clock from tipping over when the door is opened.
Duration 1 week
Dimensions: H. 37 x B. 28 x D. 13.5 cm
E. Morpugo, Nederlandse Klokken- en Horlogemakers vanaf 1300, Amsterdam, 1970, p. 133.
Dr. R. Plomp, Spring-driven Dutch Pendulum Clocks, 1657-1710, Schiedam, p. 236.
Pieter Visbach/Visbagh. Born circa 1634 in The Hague; died there in 1722. Apprenticed to Salomon Coster in 1646; moved to Middelburg in 1652, where he probably worked with Adam Oosterwijck, Severijn’s father. From 1660 to 1685/1690 he was the most important clockmaker in The Hague. A great many of his clocks have been preserved. He was the first master of the Clockmakers’ Guild in The Hague, founded in 1688.