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The Great Ruby Watch

Maker:
Watchmaker: Nicolaus Rugendas the Younger (German, 1619–1694/5) , master 1662
Date:
ca. 1670
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Case and dial: painted and raised enamel on gold, set with gemstones (rubies), with a single hand; Movement: gilded brass and partly blued steel
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/8 × 2 1/8 × 7/8 in. (7.9 × 5.4 × 2.2 cm); Diameter (back plate): 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1520
Not on view
Rugendas was a member of a prominent family of clock and sundial makers in Augsburg. This watch has long been known as the Great Ruby Watch for its eighty-five clear rubies. Its cover is a fine example of the florid style of Augsburg goldsmiths’ work that was in vogue from about 1660 to 1680. The enamel of the inside cover and the dial are equally fine examples of Augsburg work.
Signature: Signed on back plate of movement: Nicolaus Rugendas / Aug
Baroness Alphonse de Rothschild ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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