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POCKET WATCH

Made by: Jean-Antoine Lépine

On view in: French Drawing Room


About this object

The outer case is in four-color gold. The dial on the front, in white enamel, is inscribed "Lépine à Paris" and is framed by a band of tiny diamonds. On the back is an oval medallion containing the bust of a young woman in colored enamel, wearing a saucer-like hat and a ruffled, low-cut collar. The medallion is framed by tiny diamonds and topped by a ribbon bow and flowers also set with diamonds. The border is striated and contains two flower sprays and one leaf spray all chased in red and green gold in low relief. The works are also inscribed "Lépine à Paris".

Category:
timepieces
Object name:
POCKET WATCH
Made from:
Gold -- enamel -- diamonds -- glass
Made in:
FRANCE: Paris
Date made:
ca. 1765
Size:
6 × 4 cm (2 3/8 × 1 9/16 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
16.4
Class:
TIMEPIECE
Signature marks:
INSCRIPTION; MARK; SCRATCH Inscribed in dial and works: "Lépine à Paris"; Inside case: 6262 scratched (possibly a serial number), partially illegible date letter; two gold marks: An owl, struck twice (french import mark in use since 1893); Eagle's head facing R (guarantee for gold of 750.mm (18 K) in use 1838-1919)
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum"