Table Clock with Astronomical and Calendar Dials

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Ludwig Hyrschöttel (Eirerschöttel) (Augsburg, Germany, master 1658)
Table Clock with Astronomical and Calendar Dials, ca. 1658
Gilt brass, gilt copper, brass, iron, blued iron, bell metal and silver
25 1/2 × 16 in. (64.77 × 40.64 cm)
Gift of Richard and Erna Flagg M1991.94
Photo credit: Michael Tropea
Currently on View

An exceptionally rare masterpiece, this monumental tower clock from the Flagg collection is one of the most important German Renaissance clocks in North America. It was likely Ludwig Hyrschöttel’s submission in 1658 for admission into the Augsburg clockmakers’ guild. As such, the clock meets all the rigorous technical standards required from the guild, for example, in its capacity to chime 1–12 twice and also 1–24. Twelve dials indicate the calendar year, days of the week, hours and quarter-hours, and the zodiac. The ornamentation of the case was less prescribed. Hyrschöttel chose to present his tower clock enriched with the opulent grandeur characteristic of mid-17th century German architecture.

Publication History
Klassik Uhren: Faszination Technik, Szene, Markt, Auktionen. Ulm: Ebner, 1994, September/Oktober 2014, fig. 5, 6, p. 40, b/w illus.

Andera, Margaret, Nonie Gadsden, Britt Salvesen, and Laurie Winters. Collection Guide: Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004, pp. 11, 67, cat. 7, color illus. p. 11.

Milwaukee Art Museum. Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum. New York: Hudson Hill Press, 2001, p. 67, color illus p. 42, 43, 67.

Old Masters, New Beginnings. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 23, 2000, p. 10E, color illus., NewsBank America’s Newspapers, (accessed August 24, 2017).

Winters, Laurie et al. A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1999, p. 41-43, cat. 10, color illus. p. 42.

Maurice, Klaus. Die deutsche Räderuhr. Munich: Beck, 1976, vol. 2, p. 42, fig. 243.

Catalogue des objets d'art...Collection Spitzer. Paris, 1893, vol. 1, no. 2639 (published as sixteenth-century German) and vol. 2, fig. 2639 (illustrated with base)

La Collection Spitzer: Antiquité, Moyen-Age, Renaissance. Paris: Quantin, 1892, vol. 5, p. 35, no. 1.
Exhibition History
A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama, April 17–June 14, 1988; The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, August 1–November 1, 1998; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, December 11, 1998–March 14, 1999; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 29–June 20, 1999; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, July 11–September 12, 1999; Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Standford, California, October 12, 1999–January 2, 2000.

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.