1 of 7 images

Renaissance Horizontal Table Clock

About

Crafted by Prague clockmaker Andreas Glenck, this rare and important horizontal table clock dates to the late Renaissance and has the ability to strike on the hour and quarter hour. This variety of square-form clock is one of the first spring-driven timepieces used within the household. Its firegilt and silvered brass case is exquisite, and molded and glazed windows allow the entire mechanism to be visible while operating. The face features blued iron hour and minute hands, with the silvered dial showcasing Roman hours and Arabic minutes. The movement is a chain/fusee crafted of brass and iron with one Hammer and a verge escapement. This particular specimen comes complete with its original leather and brass-mounted case with a glass window in the lid that allows the user to tell the time while keeping the timepiece well protected. Clocks are one of the greatest and most important inventions of the Renaissance period, embodying the renewed interest in science, the arts and man's place in the world. The first mechanical devices that indicated time began appearing in the 14th century and were large, weight-driven devices placed in the turrets of public buildings that struck the hour and lacked hands and faces. This clock was created during the first period of household clocks, when spring-driven movements made it possible to create smaller and more complex mechanisms. Such creations, however, were a luxury accessible only to the upper class. These patrons placed pressure upon artisans to create more elaborate and more beautiful clocks, of which this particular timepiece can be counted. Renaissance clocks are an incredible rarity on the market, with the handful of known examples are coveted in the collections of major museums throughout the world. Horizontal clocks similar to this specimen can be found in the collections of London's British Museum, as well as the Metropolitain Museum of Art and The Frick Collection in New York. The face is engraved "Glenck / Prag" while the interior is engraved "Andreas Glenck / Prag," circa 1700 . Measures: 2 7/8" square x 3 1/8" high. 3 3/4" wide (with pusher).

Details

  • Creator
    Andreas Glenck 1 (Clockmaker)
  • In the Style Of
  • Place of origin
    Czech Republic
  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 3.13 in. x W 3.75 in. x D 3.75 in.

    H 7.96 cm x W 9.53 cm x D 9.53 cm

  • Seller location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Seller reference number
    30-1655
  • Reference number
    LU89115065603

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Recognized
Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2010
Typical response time: 21 hrs
Located in New Orleans, LA
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller

German Horizontal Table Clock

$12,500
German Horizontal Table Clock
F.S. Rosenlehner
German Table Clocks and Desk Clocks
An incredibly rare 19th century horizontal table mystery clock with single hand by German clockmaker F.S. Rosenlehner of Munich. This fascinating antique timepiece features a free wi...
16th Century Renaissance Turret Wall Clock
German Wall Clocks
This immensely rare Renaissance turret wall clock was once part of the Time Museum's collection in Rockford, Illinois. This incredible weight-driven piece is encased in firegilt bras...
Viennese Enamel Mantel Clock
Austrian Mantel Clocks
Silver, Enamel
A small yet enormously captivating mantel clock decorated with the finest Viennese enamelwork to come out of the 19th century. A fantastic testament to the skilled artisans of Austri...

Henry Moze Longcase Clock

$94,500
Henry Moze Longcase Clock
Henry Moze
English Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks
Walnut
An exceptional walnut longcase clock by renowned clock maker Henry Moze of London. The case is of exceptional quality, crafted of the finest burr walnut with end-cut moldings and int...
You May Also Like
Automata Table Clock by Nathan & Co. of Birmingham
Nathan & Co.
Fabric, Glass
Housed within a glass dome supported by an ebonised and waisted base of elliptical form, and operated by rods, the mechanical automata movement has a two air musical box providing a ...
Early 19th Century Empire Ormolu and Patinated ...
French Clocks
Enamel, Bronze
The gilt bronze and patinated figural Napoleonic mantel clock, the drum mounted within a patinated swan, the white enamel dial with Roman hours and Arabic quarters, pierced ormolu ha...
19th Century Clock, Stamped Boxell Brighton 4561
Boxell Brighton
French Mantel Clocks
Bronze
A very fine and extremely rare 19th century clock - stamped Boxell Brighton 4561 Measures: H 64cm, D 37cm.
French 18th Century Louis XVI Period Ormolu, Ca...
French Mantel Clocks
Ormolu, Belgian Black Marble, Carrara Marble
An incredible and extremely high quality French late 18th century Louis XVI period ormolu, white Carrara marble and black Belgian marble clock signed Déliau - Rue De La Bartillerie N...
Figural Clock
French Clocks
Marble, Bronze
Exquisite figural Louis Phillipe style clock with Rosso Levante marble base with gilt and patinated bronze
Large French Clock Garniture
French Clocks
Bronze, Ormolu, Marble
A very impressive French gilded ormolu, bronze and marble clock garniture in the Empire style, having a pair of five-branch candelabra to either side of the clock. The clock having c...
19thc Biedermeier Grandfather clock
German Clocks
Wood
Important and Rare Museum grandfather clock . Satinwood Birch from the Vienna fair
English Mahogany Tall Case Clock
Joseph Kirk
English Clocks
English mahogany tall case clock with dental molded rectangular hood supported by upper and lower gilt bronze corinthian columns, dolphin ormolu face, carved shell trunk door, termin...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries