This cabinet bears the signature of the London jeweler and entrepreneur James Cox. On its doors are enameled personifications of Winter and Summer after compositions of the Four Seasons by the British painter Robert Pyle (act. 1761–66). Additional scenes are based on engravings after François Boucher (1703–1770) and Jean-Antoine Watteau (1670–1733). With characteristic inventiveness, Cox included a hidden drawer above the more obvious drawers inside; a jeweled button on the back of the cabinet opens the secret drawer.
Inscription: Signed as retailer, on dial of watch: IAMES COX / London
J. Pierpont Morgan ; Irwin Untermyer , New York (until 1964)
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: ca. 1766–72Medium: Case: agate, with gold mounts, gilded brass, pearls, and paste jewels set in silver; Dial: white enamel; Movement: wheel balance and cock set with paste jewelsAccession: 46.184a–cOn view in:Not on view
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: 1766Medium: Case: gold with diamonds and paste jewels set in silver, pearls; Dial: while enamel; Movement: partly gilded brass and steel, wheel balance and cock of silver set with paste jewelsAccession: 1982.60.137On view in:Gallery 540
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: ca. 1770Medium: Outer case: gold, partly enameled and set with gemstones and paste jewels; Inner case: gold; Dial: white enamel, with frame set with paste jewels; Movement: with diamond endstoneAccession: 1977.436.4On view in:Not on view
Artist: Watchmaker: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: ca. 1770–72Medium: Case: moss agate, mounted in gold and set with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds; silver; Dial: white enamel, with frame pavé-set with paste jewelsAccession: 57.128a–oOn view in:Not on view