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)
Artist: Fourteen identified German (Augsburg) goldsmiths and other German artisans; Japanese (Imari) porcelain makerDate: ca. 1743–45Medium: Gilt silver, hard-paste porcelain, cut glass, walnut, carved and partially gilt coniferous wood, blind-tooled and partially gilt leather, partially gilt steel and iron, textiles, moiré paper, hog's bristleAccession: 2005.364.1a–d–.48On view in:Gallery 551
Artist: Watchmaker: Lambertus Vrythoff (recorded 1724–69)Date: case ca. 1645, movement ca. 1750Medium: Case and dial: enameled gold; Movement: gilded brass and steel, partly bluedAccession: 17.190.1413On view in:Gallery 532
Artist: Clockmaker: Franz Xavier Gegenreiner (German, active 1760–70)Date: case ca. 1710, movement ca. 1760–70Medium: Case: tortoiseshell backed with brass leaf, pearwood veneered with rosewood; and partly gilded silver; Movement: gilded brass and steelAccession: 46.162On view in:Gallery 551