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Quarter-repeating Watch

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Quarter-repeating Watch

Artist: Charles Girardier L'Aine (active Geneva, Switzerland, 1780 - 1805)

Date: 1810-1815
Medium: Gold, enamel, steel
Dimensions:
79.4 x 54 x 19.1 mm
Markings: Incuse: "PG, K18, 6640, 5" Cuvette: Girardier "Remontez a Gauche" Dial: "Girardier" (in enamel lozenge)
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Frederick T. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 145
Label Text
This watch is a typical Swiss quarter-repeater, meaning that, when manually set, it sounds the time every quarter hour by means of a bell. On the dial, the Roman chapters on white enamel reserves are interspersed with chased naturalistic images of flowers, butterflies, and birds, characteristic motifs on both watches and jewelry in the early part of the nineteenth century. The center of the dial is embossed in a pattern resembling engine-turned, basket-weave design radiating from a shield enclosed within a circle.

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This watch is a typical Swiss quarter-repeater, meaning that, when manually set, it sounds the time every quarter hour by means of a bell. On the dial, the Roman chapters on white enamel reserves are interspersed with chased naturalistic images of flowers, butterflies, and birds, characteristic motifs on both watches and jewelry in the early part of the nineteenth century. The center of the dial is embossed in a pattern resembling engine turning with the maker’s signature in an enamel reserve. The case is decorated with an engine-turned, basket-weave design radiating from a shield enclosed within a circle.