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Watch and Chatelaine

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Watch and Chatelaine

Date: late 18th-early 19th Century
Medium: Gold, enamel, pearls
Dimensions:
244.5 x 41.3 x 15.9 mm
Markings: Movement: "Romilly à Paris" [spurious] Chatelaine: two French eagle control marks
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Thomas R. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 368.a-b
Label Text
Interest in the Renaissance in the nineteenth century inspired jewelers to embellish antique pieces. The watch on this chatelaine dates to about 1775, while the chatelaine was made in the early nineteenth century. Painted enamel images on this chatelaine and watchcase portray Louis XVI, King of France from 1774 until he was deposed in 1792; his Queen Consort, Marie Antoinette; and other members of the royal family and court. Decorating jewelry with images of royalty was a fashionable means of commemorating the restoration of the French monarchy in 1815.

Enameled putti, each playing a different musical instrument, ornament the back of the chatelaine. As messengers of love they signify the devotion between the king and queen.