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Burl Walnut Longcase Clock with Automata by Jonathan Marsh

Auction:
2502
Lot:
537
Sold for:
$8,295$7,000

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2502
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
May 01, 2010 10:00AM

Description:

Burl Walnut Longcase Clock with Automata by Jonathan Marsh, Leiden, Netherlands, the caddy top with carved figures of heralding angels and Atlas, blind fretwork backed with fabric on the caddy and tympanum, flat pilasters flank the glazed hood door over the composite brass and painted dial with Roman numerals signed Jona. Marsh, Leiden, matted center with ringed winding holes, pierced steel hands and lower section with scarlet draperies drawn to view the painted river scene with windmill and fisherman automata, waist door with inlaid flower and buttressed base with similar inlays all on claw-and-ball feet, eight-day time and "Dutch striking" movement with two hammers, windmill moving during striking sequence and fisherman catching a fish powered by two brass cased weights regulated by a pendulum, ht. 113 in.

Note: Deaccessioned from the National Watch and Clock Museum, Columbia, Pennsylvania, to benefit the Museum Acquisitions Fund.
Estimate $6,000-9,000

Removable caddy is an old restoration, replacement feet, finials and two plinths, losses on blind fret work, object left fret on side of hood removed but with the clock, molding loss on top of waist door, lacking silvering on dial chapter ring and tin row boat, spare holes on movement plate may indicate former alarm mechanism although no other provisions noted, weights and pendulum are period.

Keywords

Jonathan Marsh, Leiden, The Netherlands, steel hands, Clock Museum, Museum Acquisitions Fund, Columbia, Pennsylvania, Clocks, Horology, Longcase clock, Pendulum