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Enameled Watch with Cameos
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Enameled Watch with Cameos

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Description Although the earliest enamel watches came from Blois, France, the German city of Augsburg had long been a center of clock and watch making. This is one of the earliest examples of a painted-enamel watch made in Germany. It is set with eight cameos and thirteen rubies. The agate cameos are contemporary (not antique gems), but they still advertise the patron's sophisticated taste for the antique style. The inside covers depict landscapes with ancient ruins and pastoral scenes, reflecting another aspect of the classicizing taste of the time.
Date Description Narrative
2/12/1979Examinationexamined for condition
  • 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] Johann Ferdinand Mehrer
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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gilded brass, painted enamel, rubies, and agate case; gold and painted enamel dial; brass movement
(Timepieces, Clocks & Watches)
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1 15/16 x 1 3/8 in. (5 x 3.5 cm)


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