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The diverse form and rich ornamentation of the clock place it among the best works of the Augsburg watchmakers of the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries.

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The diverse form and rich ornamentation of the clock place it among the best works of the Augsburg watchmakers of the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries. DH letters, placed in a cartouche with the Augsburg pine cone, imprinted on the mechanism, refer to David Haisermann, the outstanding watchmaker and creator of table clocks, including figural clocks, who collaborated with a well-known goldsmith, Matthias (Matthäus) Wallbaum (1554–1632). Ornamental motifs on the clock case were probably modelled on the many graphic designs of the goldsmith works, especially those created in the 16th and at the beginning of the 17th centuries by such artists as Paulus Flindt (1567–1631), Bernhard Zan (1569–1604), Virgil Solis (1514–1562) and Corvinianus Saur (1555/1560–1635).
In the 1st half of the 17th century, the clock was owned by Stanisław Dembiński (1571–1641) of Dembiany near Skalbmierz, who became a Cistercian abbot in Bledzew in 1618. It may be confirmed by the letters SDAB (Stanislaus Dembiński Abbas Bledzeviensis), placed on the inner area of the side wall, which are arranged around the Rawicz coat of arms, under a mitre with a crosier finished with a lily – the insignia of the abbot office. The BW SVE abbreviation, placed under the coat of arms may be understood as the motto Beatam Virginae Salve, probably the abbot's coat of arms. Stanisław Dembiński is described as a generous donor to the monastery in Bledzew. He was the one who funded the pipe organ, the silver candlesticks, lanterns and bells. In the Kasper Niesiecki armorial, the abbot is characterised as a person of many functions, who gave great service to his home country, oddly at a time when the Swedes were wreaking havoc on Silesia.

Elaborated by Stanisława Link-Lenczowska (Wawel Royal Castle), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved

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