Table Clock

before 1583, Artist: David Altenstetter (Goldschmiedearbeit)



Table Clock

Rudolf II and the Art of Timekeeping
At his court in Prague the emperor promoted the close cooperation of astronomers, mathematicians and clockmakers. This resulted in pioneering works of precision engineering. The Planetary Clock was the first timepiece to depict the heliocentric planetary system while the Crystal Clock is the oldest extant timekeeping device with a second hand. Rudolf II acquired the Celestial Globe and the enamelled Table Clock in Augsburg.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXVII

Object data

Object Name

Table Clock




before 1583


David Altenstetter (Goldschmiedearbeit) (um 1547 Colmar - 1617 Augsburg) - GND

Hans Schlottheim (Mechanik) (1544/47 Naumburg/Saale - 1624/25 Augsburg) - GND


Partially gilded silver, enamel, copper alloy, iron


21,8 cm × 13,7 cm × 9,5 cm




Augsburger Pyr (SEL 13); R 3, Nr.476; R 3, Nr.370
Seling 2007: BZ 0070 (verwendet 1559-1586)

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 1121

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