Description Many 17th-century watches were made with cases incorporating rock crystal. This semiprecious stone introduced an added element of luxury and also, in this context, served as a symbol for eternity by recalling the crystalline sphere traditionally described as constituting the outermost edge of the universe.
|7/01/2002||Examination||examined for survey|
- World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature, location and date] Gerardus Brand fecit Amsterdam 1623
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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