Octagonal Clock - inv. 3417

Andreas Rabe-Hamburch (17th century)

Octagonal Clock on a Sculptural Pedestal
1638
silver   rock-crystal   brass gilt  
height 370 mm
signature and date
"Andreas Rabe-Hamburch 1638"
1973 donation Bruno Falck
Inv. 3417

Clock and Watch Room


On a gilt brass base a silver putto straddles a skull and bears on its shoulders an octagonal clock with the cover in faceted rock crystal. The theme of the whole is the swift flight of time towards death. The refined sculpture has affinities with the bronzes of the Flemish sculptor Adrien De Vries (1545-1626). Also notable is the large original leather case, modelled on the form of the clock.