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Watchmaker: Anthoine Arlaud (born ca. 1590, after 1641)
ca. 1620–30
Swiss, Geneva
Case: rock crystal, with gilded-silver mounts; Dial: silver, partly gilded; Movement: gilded brass and steel
1-7/8 x 1-1/4 in. (4.8 x 3.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Arlaud, a Huguenot refugee from the French Auvergne, was the first in a dynasty of Geneva watchmakers. He became a burgher in Geneva in 1617. The form of this watch and the scene of the Risen Christ, with the emblems of the Passion, are surely reminders of the brevity of life on earth and of the importance of the salvation of the soul.
Signature: On movement: Anthoine/Arlaud
Carl Heinrich Marfels (by 1891) ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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