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Pair-case Watch

Artist: Stoakes (active London, England)

Date: c. 1750
Medium: Silver, parcel-gilt
Dimensions:
66.7 x 50.8 x 30.5 mm
Markings: Movement: "Stoakes, London, 1634" Inner case: casemakers cameo: "TS" London HM: 1742 Dial: "STOAKES"
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Frederick T. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 222
Label Text
On the outer case of this watch, Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, is seated with two attendants. The one to her right holds a cornucopia, symbolizing the bountiful harvest.


Text Entries
Themes from classical mythology adorned silver repousse watchcases just as they decorated gold cases. On the outer case of this watch, Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, is seated with two attendants, the one to her right holding a cornucopia, symbolizing the bountiful harvest, and the one behind her bearing the torch of Ceres used to search for her daughter in the underworld. The composition is divided by a column consisting of two scrolls forming the pillar and a Doric capital. Dramatic scroll patterns surround the entire scene in a manner that draws the viewer’s attention to the individual characters. The center of the dial is pierced for the date aperture, flanked by a putto and foliage. Roman numerals on a matte ground are set within arcades, while Arabic chapters above indicate the minutes.