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Jewel cabinet with watch

Purveyor:
James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)
Artist:
After a design by Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
Artist:
After a design by François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)
Date:
probably ca. 1765–70
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Case: agate, mounted in gilded copper and gilded brass and set with painted enamel on copper plaques, and fruitwood; Dial: white enamel
Dimensions:
Overall: 13 1/2 × 9 3/4 × 7 1/2 in. (34.3 × 24.8 × 19.1 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Accession Number:
64.101.829
Not on view
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)
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