Mantel and Table Clocks

Table clock with lion and automaton

    Table clock with lion and automaton

    Germany, Augsburg

    The 1630s

    Pfaff Caspar

    Brass, steel, glass; casting, engraving, chasing, gilding, silvering, varnishing

    21 х 12 х 35 cm, 3.7 kg

    Two sets of numerals on the dial - Roman, from I to XII, and Arabic, from 13 to 24. On one small dial Roman numerals "I, II, III, IIII", on the other - Arabic "10, 20, 30, 40"


    Gilded bronze figure of lion with crown on his head and a sceptre in his right paw standing on its hind paws on gilded chased with rhombic pattern plate, that is fixed on wooden octagonal pedestal with glass windows on lateral sides. The lion's left paw rests on ornately shaped engraved shield with the central clock dial. The clock movement with fusee and the balance escapemnt is in the basement. One central curly hand and two sets of numerals - Roman, from I to XII, and Arabic, from 13 to 24 on silver-plated dial. Floral ornament with ribbons and birds is in the dial centre. Two small dials with single central shaped hand every sindle are on the plate beneath the lion figurine. Lion's porcelain eyes move from side to side in time with the pendulum, when the clock is striking, the mouth opens and the tongue protrudes. The pedestal bottom is covered with copper lamella, there are with two keyholes and round cut-out for the steel bell. The pedestal stands on four chiselled brass feet.

    Only ten similar automata with standing lion have been preserved in museums and private collections. A pair to the above described item is stored in the State Historical Museum of Baden-Württemberg.