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An important table clock with hour repeater and alarm, by Johan Simon Betzamyr, Danzig, ca. 1750, H 8,5 cm

A hexagonal ormolu table clock with three snail-like feet, and rising concave contours terminate in scrolls. Hanging down between the feet are three conical ornaments. The base and top of the case are shaped with concave and convex mouldings. At the sides, six glazed windows with a view of the movement. A substantial hinge for opening the clock is located underneath the clock base and reveals the gilded brass movement with verge escapement, fuse and chain. The finely engraved mechanism is signed 'Jo: Simon Betzmaÿer Dantzig'.

The silver dial with roman numerals for hours and Arabic numerals for minutes on repoussé surface. Between the roman numerals, diamond cut garnets mounted in red gold rosettes. The alarm is set using the centre disc, which is inscribed with Arabic numbers from 1 to 12. Encircling the dial are six repetitive arrangements of rose and leaf décor in silver relief. The repeater knob on the clock dial is located at 9 o'clock.

Including the original hexagonal box covered with red maroquin leather, ornately embossed in gold flower and border décor. On the top of the domed lid is a large round window, which serves as a magnifying glass. The lens is mounted onto an elaborately engraved brass ring, secured by the hinges of an impressive rococo carrying handle with a central rocaille motif.

Provenance: the item was included in the clock auction of Hampel in December 2007 (lot 1904); see additional pictures.

  • Condition: In excellent and working condition.

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