Watchmaker: Pierre Michaud (working ca. 1755–after 1771)
Diam. 1-7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Not on view
The scene on the back of the watchcase is copied in miniature from a genre painting by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725–1805) titled The Father Reading the Bible to His Children, which was exhibited to great acclaim in the 1755 Paris Salon. The watchmaker, originally from Orléans, became a master in Geneva in 1771. He seems to have had an earlier career in Paris, as this watch would indicate, but there are no traces of him in the records of the time. He is likely to have been a Protestant, as the choice of the scene on the enameled case would suggest, and his religion would have prevented his becoming a master watchmaker in Paris.
Signature: Signed on movement: Pre Michaud / APARIS
Carl Heinrich Marfels ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
Artist: Clock maker: Jean Godde l'aîné (French, ca. 1668–1748/49)Date: ca. 1740–45Medium: Case: gilded bronze, oak, and tortoiseshell on brass marquetry on oak; Dial: white enamel and gilded brass with blued-steel hands; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1971.206.27On view in:Gallery 526