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"Nécessaire" with a Watch

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Description This container holds a musical mechanism as well as supporting an earlier watch. It is attributed to James Cox, a noted London jeweler and toymaker, who produced similar works, many of which were destined for the Far East market. This particular example formerly belonged to the dowager empress of Russia, Marie Feodorovna (1847-1928). Fabergé produced a copy of this clock in silver and nephrite. The copy is in the collection of the Hillwood Museum and Gardens, Washington D.C.
Date Description Narrative
7/24/1986Loan Considerationexamined for loan
9/15/1986Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; repaired
4/06/1988Examinationexamined for condition
5/13/1994Loan Considerationexamined for loan
10/05/2007Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • Age of Elegance: The Rococo and its Effects. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1959.
  • Objects of Vertu: Precious Works of the Eighteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • Carl Fabergé in Context. Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munchen. 1986-1987.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1931, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1931

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ca. 1760
gold, agate, bronze gilt
(Timepieces, Clocks & Watches)
Accession Number
9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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