Renaissance clocks


HORIZONTAL SQUARE TABLE CLOCK                            Signed: JACOB MAIJR                                                                  Circa 1670                                                                                                    Germany

The spring-driven, day-going movement of this square table clock is constructed between brass plates. It consists of going and alarm trains. The going train has a spring barrel, chain fusee and verge escapement with balance under a pierced and engraved balance cock. The maker has signed the clock on the backplate: Jacob Maijr.

The engraved gilt-brass dial has a Roman silver chapter ring, which is set in a moulded bezel, with half-hour and quarter-hour divisions. The time is indicated by a single pierced and engraved gilt-brass hand. The moulded edges of the dial are also engraved. In the middle is an engraved Arabic gilt-brass alarm disc.

The square gilt-brass case of this richly embellished clock has finely pierced and engraved silver mounts, depicting floral and leaf motifs. The movement can be accessed by opening the square lid, which contains the bell, with a catch. The clock rests on four turned gilt-brass feet.

Duration 30 hours

Height 9 cm                                                                                                                                                                Width 10 cm                                                                                                                                                                  Depth 10 cm

The maker
Jakob Mayr/Meir was born in 1648. He became master with the guild in 1672 and had his workshop in Augsburg. He died in 1714. There are many of his clocks in museums and private collections, such as a ball clock which is driven by its own weight. This clock was formerly part of the Ilbert Collection in England.

J. Abeler, Meister der Uhrmacherkunst, Wuppertal, 2010, p. 373.

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