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Spherical Table Watch (Melanchthon's Watch)
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Spherical Table Watch (Melanchthon's Watch)


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This is the earliest dated watch known. It is engraved on the bottom: "PHIL[IP]. MELA[NCHTHON]. GOTT. ALEIN. DIE. EHR[E]. 1530" (Philip Melanchthon, to God alone the glory, 1530). There are very few watches existing today that predate 1550; only two dated examples are known--this one from 1530 and another from 1548. There is no watchmaker's mark, although Nuremberg is considered the birthplace of spherical watches (called "Nuremberg Eggs"). A single winding kept it running for 12 to 16 hours, and it told time to within the nearest half hour. The perforations in the case permitted one to see the time without opening the watch. This watch was commissioned by the great German reformer and humanist Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560).
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/13/1958Treatmentcleaned
10/17/1961Treatmentcleaned; coated
4/21/1999Treatmentcleaned; repaired
6/01/2001Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Philip Melanchthon's Watch. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 2000-2001.
  • Touch and the Enjoyment of Sculpture: Exploring the Appeal of Renaissance Statuettes. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
Provenance Jacques Seligmann, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910, by purchase [For invoice, see Archives of American Art, Jacques Seligman and Co. Records, B-309, F-1, S-7, No. 690]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Engraved on the bottom: PHIL[IP]. MELA[NCHTHON]. GOTT. ALEIN. DIE. EHR[E]. 1530; [Translation] Engraved on bottom: Philip Melanchthon, to God alone the glory, 1530
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910

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Period
1530 (Renaissance)
Medium
gilded brass case, gilded brass dial, iron movement
(Timepieces, Clocks & Watches)
Accession Number
58.17
Measurements
H with loop: 2 1/16 × W: 1 7/8 × D: 1 15/16 in. (5.3 × 4.8 × 5 cm); H without loopl: 1 7/8 × W: 1 7/8 × 1 D: 15/16 in. (4.7 × 4.8 × 5 cm)
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Not On View

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