Watchmaker: David Ramsay (working 1600, died 1660)
I. R. (probably Jean Reymond) (active ca. 1615–32) of Limoges
British, probably London
Case: painted enamel on copper, partly gilt, and silver gilt; movement: gilded brass, steel, partly blued, and silver
1 7/8 × 1 3/8 in. (4.8 × 3.5 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544
In the first quarter of the seventeenth century a small group of enamelers in Limoges produced polychrome painted enamels for watchcases. Most of the surviving enamels, including the one displayed here, were adapted from the woodcut illustrations by Bernard Salomon (1505/1510–ca. 1561) for the editions of Ovid’s Metamorphoses published in Lyon by Jean de Tournes beginning in 1555. The case of the watch was cleverly modified, probably at some time in the second half of the nineteenth century, to fit a movement of equal rarity.
Signature: On movement: David Ramsay fecit; on interior of front and back cover: I.R.
Carl Heinrich Marfels , Frankfurt ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
Artist: Clockmaker: Joseph Knibb (British, 1640–1711)Date: ca. 1680–85Medium: Case: walnut and oak veneered with walnut; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1974.28.92On view in:Gallery 511
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: 1766Medium: Case: gold with diamonds and paste jewels set in silver, pearls; Dial: while enamel; Movement: partly gilded brass and steel, wheel balance and cock of silver set with paste jewelsAccession: 1982.60.137On view in:Gallery 540