Lot 1185 - A192 Furniture, Porcelain & Silver - Thursday, 18. June 2020, 02.00 PM
ASTRONOMICAL TABLE CLOCK "COPERNIC",
Fine chips on the alabaster housing. Function of the movement and tellurium, not tested.
- Purchased from François Ducommun by Niklaus Rodolph de Wattwyl, and since then owned by the same family.
- Collection Friedrich von Tscharner (1868-1952), Berne.
- By succession to the present owner, Swiss private collection.
The watchmaker François Ducommun-dit-Boudry (1763-1839) came from an internationally renowned family of watchmakers in La Chaux-de-Fonds. His father, Abram Ducommun (1723-1797), was a master watchmaker specializing in the manufacture of planetariums and his maternal grandfather, Josué Robert (1691-1771), was the royal court watchmaker of the Prussian King Frederick William I (1688-1740).
Nine such astronomical pendulums are known to date: Three are in private collections; one in patinated bronze, in the Museum of Applied Arts in Milan; another one, but with a brass case, is in the Beyer Clock Museum in Zurich, and three are in the collection of the Musée international d'Horlogerie de la Chaux-de-Fonds, one of which is identical to the one on offer, except for a few details.
CHF 120 000 / 200 000
€ 105 260 / 175 440