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A German, mid eighteenth-century travelling clock on a terrace, signed and dated on the backplate Kriedel Budissin, 1749.

• The rococo case is made of gilt and silvered brass, the front with a lavishly engraved Flemish gable with rocaille decorations. The silver champlevé dial on an engraved gilt plate, a glazed, silver-framed false pendulum aperture beneath and a silver circular signature cartouche in the moulded arch: J.G. Kriedel Budissin. The sides have framed windows to view the movement, the back is provided with a door, which holds two bells in bell straps and is hinged at the bottom. The case is surmounted by silver finials on the corners and a figure of a woman holding an *Ouroboros. The whole stands on scroll feet on the terrace, while the terrace itself has claw-on-ball feet.

• The spring-driven, day-going movement has going and striking work, and alarm, the going train with verge escapement, hair-spring balance and chain fusee.
The quarter-hour striking work indicates the hours and quarters on two bells with three engraved hammers. It can be repeated on request by pulling a cord. To wind the alarm another string has to be pulled, the time being set at will by an alarm disc behind the pierced blued-steel hands and indicated by the tail of the hour hand. All trains have stopwork.

• Height: 25.5 cm.

• The maker, Johann Gottfried Kriedel, Bautzen, was born in 1702 and died 1757. He also signed his work in reverse Ledeirk. The place name Budissin is an older (Bohemian) name of the city of Bautzen in Saxony in South East Germany.
Kriedel was a prolific maker and many different kinds of clocks and watches are known. For instance, there is a large silver travelling clock in the Metropolitan Museum in New York and a nearly identical table clock by Kriedel is in the possession of the Mathematical-Physikalischer Salon in Dresden.

• Literature: Jurgen Abeler, Meister der Uhrmacherkunst, 1977, p. 365.

• Note: *The Ouroboros or Uroboros (from the Greek οὐροβόρος ὄφις tail-devouring snake) is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail.
The Ouroboros often symbolizes self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things such as the phoenix which operate in cycles that begin anew as soon as they end. While first emerging in Ancient Egypt, the Ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism. It is also often associated with Gnosticism, and Hermeticism.


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