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Watch

Maker:
Watchmaker: Jacques Goullons (French, active Paris, 1626–died 1671)
Date:
ca. 1645–50
Culture:
French, Paris or Blois
Medium:
Case and dial: painted enamel on gold; Movement: gilded brass and steel, partly blued
Dimensions:
2-5/8 x 2-5/16 in. (6.7 x 5.9 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1627
Not on view
The exterior of the case is enameled with scenes of the Virgin and Child and the Infant Saint John the Baptist and the Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist, both adapted from prints by Gilles Rousselet (1610–1686) that record paintings by Jacques Stella (1596–1657). The landscape on the counter enamel was adapted from an engraving by Nicolas Cochin (1610–1686). The movement of the watch was modernized by the addition of a balance spring at some time after its invention in 1675.
Signature: Goullons à Paris
Carl Heinrich Marfels ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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