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Quarter-repeating, Jacquemart Watch

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Quarter-repeating, Jacquemart Watch

Date: 1800-1825
Medium: Silver; yellow, green, and rose gold; diamond, enamel, steel
Dimensions:
82.6 x 54 x 22.2 mm
Signed: case- casemakers incuse: PIHD 27399 2632
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Frederick T. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 137
Label Text
On this watch varicolored-gold, mythological figures of the goddess Ceres and the god Apollo, each wielding a hammer, are applied on either side of the dial. When the pendant is pressed, their hammers strike bells above the dial.

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The center of this quarter-repeating automaton watch is occupied by a white dial with Arabic chapters and gold hands set with a rose-cut diamond. A blue enamel ring surrounds the dial, and applied varicolored gold figures of Ceres and Apollo, each wielding a hammer, stand on either side. When the pendant is pressed, the hammers strike the bells above the dial. Ceres stands next to a pillar and wears the classical Greek garment called a peplos. As the goddess of agriculture, she holds a cornucopia. Apollo, the embodiment of the classical spirit representing the rational and civilized side of man, is clad in a draped robe, sandals, and a laurel Wreath, the last symbolizing his achievements in the arts. The bells at the top of the tableau, executed in white metal, hang from a rose-gold variation of a Corinthian capital. At the bottom of the tableau is an urn with flowers, birds, and a butterfly in green and yellow gold and white metal. The reverse of the watchcase is decorated with an engine-turned pattern emanating from an oval cartouche at the bottom.