Description The maker of this watch, who signed himself "Nikolaki," was probably of Greek ancestry and had served as an apprentice to a watchmaker from Geneva, Switzerland, who worked in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul). Due to the great demand for watches in Turkey, several watchmakers from Geneva made their homes in Constantinople and trained local craftsmen in their art. The Turkish taste was for colorful and visually complicated watches. The raised pearls on the dial permit the time to be "told" in the dark or by the blind. Even the movement inside is decorated with pearls, although some are now missing.
|2/02/2015||Examination||Examined for loan.|
- Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. 2015-2016.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Translation] Nikolaki
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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