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Date: c. 1790
Medium: Gold, enamel, half-pearls
Dimensions:
73 x 54 x 17.5 mm
Signed:
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Frederick T. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 1023.9
Text Entries

This watchcase, like another in the Institute’s collection (PC. 338), is decorated in an enameling style typical of late eighteenth century; the painting is executed with soft brush strokes for the dress, while each eyebrow is drawn as one dark line. On the case, a muse and a putto are set into a pastoral landscape. The muse holds a lyre in her left hand while she reaches for the flute-playing putto with her right hand. She is clad in a white overdress with a purple undergarment visible at her feet. A lime green shawl is casually draped around her back, and a band holds her hair away from her face. The scene is framed by a three-petaled leaf design in white on a blue enamel ground, surrounded by the bezel set with a row of half-pears. Half-pearls also decorate the bezel on the dial.

This watch is a center-seconds (or sweep-seconds) time piece, a term that refers to the second hand when it is placed at the center of the watch’s main dial. The minute and hour hands on this watch are pierced ovals and arrows; the second hand has a crescent counterpoise.