A Louis XVI rack clock, signed on the enamel dial Mosbrucker à Saverne, c. 1780. The gilt brass clock is positioned on a circular wooden base and covered by a glass dome. The dial is set in an elaborate gilt brass bezel. The movement has verge escapement and a short pendulum. The day-going clock is wound by pushing it downwards along the rack, after which it climbs up again. • Height: 30cm. • The maker, Antoine Mosbrucker, was a clock and watchmaker in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. He was established in Saverne, which is about 40 km northwest of Strasbourg and was known for making rack clocks. • Note: A similar clock by Mosbrucker is in the collection of the British Museum. • Literature: Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1971, p. 477; B. Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, London, 2006, p. 554.
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