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POCKET WATCH

Made by: Unknown

On view in: French Drawing Room


About this object

The sides, borders, and much of the decoration of this watchcase are set with pearls and turquoises. The dial is enameled white with black Roman numerals for the hours. Painted on the back of this open-face watch is a half-length portrait of a young woman. She wears a scarf around her head and shoulders and has a headpiece in her hair that consists of stalks of wheat, perhaps in reference to Ceres, an ancient goddess of agriculture. A wide band of stylized flowers set with pearls on a dark blue enameled ground encircles the portrait. The inside cover is colorfully enameled with various scientific instruments, a column, and flowers and inscribed, “seconds” for winding the seconds.

Category:
timepieces
Object name:
POCKET WATCH
Made from:
Gold -- enamel -- pearls -- turquoises
Made in:
SWITZERLAND
Date made:
ca. 1800
Size:
8.4 × 6 cm (3 5/16 × 2 3/8 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
16.20
Class:
TIMEPIECE
Signature marks:
MARK inside cover: FG inside a lozenge (for an unidentified maker) number 6378 incised
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum"