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Pair-case watch with repeating mechanism

Maker:
Watchmaker: Charles Cabrier II (British, 1719–1765)
Maker:
Case maker: Frederick Wieland (British, active ca. 1731–after 1759)
Date:
1741–42
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Outer case: gold; Inner case: pierced and engraved gold; Dial: white enamel
Dimensions:
Overall (watch with bail, confirmed): 2 3/8 × 1 9/16 × 1 1/8 in. (6 × 4 × 2.8 cm); Overall (outer case, confirmed): 1 7/8 × 1 7/8 × 7/8 in. (4.8 × 4.8 × 2.2 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, 1932
Accession Number:
32.75.37a, b
Not on view
The quarter-repeating movement of this watch is the work of Charles Carbrier II of the distinguished family of London watchmakers. Repoussé gold outer cases for watches were in demand in the mid-eighteenth century, but only a few, like the present example, were signed. The embossed scene illustrates the story of the Greek sun god Apollo, adapted from an etching by Sébastien Leclerc. Ownership of this watch would have demonstrated affluence and familiarity with Greek mythology.
Signature: Signed on outer case: Wiela [Frederick Wieland (recorded 1735–after 1759)]
Signed on back plarte of movement: C. Cabrier 2d/LONDON

Inscription: On back plate of movement, below signature: numbered 3530
Giovanni Pertinax Morosini (to his daughter Giulia) ; by descent, Giulia P. Morosini (until 1932; to MMA)
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