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WATCH WITH MINIATURE OF CATHERINE I

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WATCH WITH MINIATURE OF CATHERINE I

Made by: Abraham Heidrich

Currently in storage


About this object

An onion-shaped watchcase has an outer cases with allover filigree work set with diamonds. On the back four oval medallions in gold depict two men and two women, and an enameled portrait bust of Peter the Great's second wife Catherine. The front shows the gold face of the watch engraved with elaborate scrollwork. Roman numerals with a small daimond set between each one designate the hours, while Arabic numerals in the outer band mark the seconds. In the gold inner case, an openwork pattern of scrolls and birds is interrupted by four medallions containing masks.

Category:
timepieces
Object name:
WATCH WITH MINIATURE OF CATHERINE I
Made from:
Gold -- silver -- diamonds -- enamel -- copper
Made in:
ENGLAND: London (movements); RUSSIA: Saint Petersburg (watchcase)
Date made:
1725
Size:
7.6 × 5.9 × 4.4 cm (3 × 2 5/16 × 1 3/4 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
16.45.1-2
Class:
TIMEPIECE
Signature marks:
MARK; SIGNATURE; DATE on case: GM (in Cyrillic for Grigorii Musikiiskii); on enamel miniature: 1725; on works: Abraham Heidrich, London
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum","Russian Enamels: Kievan Rus to Fabergé"