Astronomical automaton clock in the shape of a war-ship


Important renaissance astronomical clock with automata in the form of a war-ship, signed with a pine-apple for Augsburg and the initials B.S. for Bernhard Stahel. Late 16th century.

Probably made for the Emperor Rodolphe II as a diplomatic present to the Sultan of Turkey.

Only three other pieces are known to exist, one in the British Museum in London, one in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and a third one in the Musée du Château d’Ecouen in France.


  • « Tresors d’horlogerie, le Temps et sa mesure du Moyen Age à la Renaissance » in the Palais des Papes, Avignon, France. From 30/05/1998 to 27/09/1998.
  • « Ces curieux navires, Trois automates de la Renaissance » in the Musée national de la Renaissance, Château d’Ecouen, France. From 23/09/1999 to 05/01/2000.


  • Height : 89 cm


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