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Molinarius and Agostini

priest clockmaker and his apprentice

Cristoforo Agostini a Roman priest from Pesaro (Pisaurum) working for the Albanian pope Clement XI (Gian Francesco Albani, b. 1649, 1700-21) learned to make clocks from a famous Walloon clockmaker in Rome. Once returned in his native Pesaro he took a Venetian apprentice Antonio Molinari. Molinari became the most important regional clockmaker and married Agostini's niece. He was joined by his brother Giacomo.

We are looking for several clocks by these makers. One lantern clock said to belong to an American collector was signed both by Agostini (Christophorus Agostini) and Molinari (Molinarius Venetus): "Christophus de Augustinis presb. Pisaureu Antonius Molinarius discipulus meus fecit".

Unfortunately no images are available.

known signatures:

ANTONIUS MOLINARIUS VENETUS AETATIS XXI FECIT PISAURI MDCCXXIII

ANTO:US MOLINARIUS VENETUS FECIT PISAURI

Antonius Molinarius venetus aetatis annorum XXI fecit. Pesauri MDCCXXIII

Was Antonio Molinari related to the violin maker working from 1672 to 1703 signing his instruments eg with Antonius Molinarius fecit in Venezia Ao 1701? Being born in 1701 this might be the case, but there is also a known painter named Antonio Molinari (January 21, 1655 – February 3, 1704) whose father was also a painter.

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