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Octagonal Watch


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
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.
Provenance San Donato; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Stamped: C.K. [for Conrad Kreizer]
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1600-1620 (Baroque)
Medium
rock crystal, topaz, rubies, gold, and champlevé enamel case; gold and "basse-taille" enamel dial; partially gilded brass and steel movement
(Timepieces, Clocks & Watches)
Accession Number
58.25
Measurements
H: 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
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