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Quarter-repeating, Jacquemart Watch

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Quarter-repeating, Jacquemart Watch

Date: 1822-1835
Medium: Silver, oxidized silver, varicolored gold, enamel, steel
Dimensions:
79.4 x 54 x 22 mm
Markings: Case: casemaker's incuse lozenge enclosing "FC [ with trident (?) between], 1398, 50948" French écrevisse [crayfish] punch (dates to 1822-1835)
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Frederick T. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 238
Label Text
Europeans regarded foreign countries and cultures as exotic. Therefore, those lands were often portrayed in illusory stances. The figures on this watch symbolize that romanticized, European view of Africa.

Text Entries
Europeans found foreign countries and cultures exotic. As a result, natives of foreign lands were often portrayed in illusory stances, such as that taken by the blackamoors on this watch, who symbolize a romanticized view of Africa. They stand amid a pseudo-jungle scene that features a pair of lions. The bodies of the blackamoor jacquermarts are crafted in oxidized silver, their apparel in varicolored gold. At the top of the scene, leaves flank the bells that are struck by the blackamoors’ hammers when the pendant is pushed. The back of the case is simply decorated with a circle in the center and concentric engine-turned patterns.