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Watch

Maker:
Watchmaker: Pierre Duhamel (1630–1686)
Maker:
Case maker: perhaps Pierre Huaud, père (1612–1680)
Date:
ca. 1660–80
Culture:
Swiss, Geneva
Medium:
Case: painted enamel on gold; Movement: gilded brass and steel, partly blued
Dimensions:
Diam. 1-1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1624
Not on view
A French Huguenot refugee from Blois, Duhamel became a master watchmaker in Geneva, where he was known as a maker of movements for rock crystal and enameled cases. Pierre Huaud was born in Châtellerault, France, and emigrated to Geneva in 1630, where he became a master goldsmith and enamel painter. He was the father of Jean-Pierre and Amy, who between them signed the rest of the Swiss enamels displayed here. This watch has no balance spring, and the style of the enamel appears to be finer than the others in a series of painted enamels with so-called helmeted busts, one of which is signed by Jean-Pierre Huaud (1655–1723).
Signature: Pierre Duhamel (on movement) (see image)
Carl Heinrich Marfels ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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