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Lot 1141: A GILT-COPPER AND EBONISED AUTOMATON CRUCIFIX CLOCK, NICOLAUS SCHMIDT, AUGSBURG, CIRCA 1630 |
26 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: the hexagonal plinth mounted with a crucifix flanked by Mary and St John and a child with automaton head seated on a skull beside a horizontal hour dial with central alarm disc the cross surmounted by a revolving dome further indicating the hours against a pointer, the movement with four finely turned vase-shaped pillars, signed on the backplate Nicolaus Schmidt Der Junger, fusee to the going train, verge escapement with later balance and hair spring, standing barrel to the striking train with pierced and engraved striking gate, the count wheel with engraved centre and mounted on the backplate, the decorative hammer striking on a bell, the child’s head moving with the strike, alarm train removed, the ebony and ebonised base with glazed panels and gilt-brass bun feet,
In generally good condition with alteration and restorations. Gilding in generally good condition, some rubbing to plinth, dial good, pointer replaced. Movement has later conversion to balance and hairspring, alarm train removed and later plate installed to cover the holes in the backplate, striking train running at time of cataloguing but all would benefit from cleaning and overhaul. Case in restored condition, hinges replaced to base, feet re-fitted. With a winder.
"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."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
Dimensions: 38cm. 15in. high