Decorated with engraved natural motifs, including fruit and fish, precious tools such as these were meant for noble patrons for whom gardening had gradually become a suitable pastime. The set, comprising clippers, a saw, four knives, and a combination hammer-rasp-file-and-auger, would have been used for trimming branches and obtaining bud grafts.
Marking: Punched on underside of hammer head of .1470: a palm frond; Punched on blade of .1471: a palm frond; Punched on blade of .1472: a palm frond; Punched on blade of .1474: a palm frond; Punched on blade of .1475: a palm frond; Incised on blade of .1475: faict AMoulins ala palme; Punched on blade of .1476: three palm fronds; Incised on blade of .1476: faict amoulins a lapalme.
Johannes Paul , Hamburg (until 1882; sale, Catalogue des objets d'art et de haute curiosité in de M. Johannes Paul à Hambourg, October 16, 1882, no. 1205; sold to Zschille); Richard Zschille , Berlin (1882–after 1893) ; Irwin Untermyer , New York (until 1964; to MMA)
Artist: Watchmaker: Lambertus Vrythoff (recorded 1724–69)Date: case ca. 1645, movement ca. 1750Medium: Case and dial: enameled gold; Movement: gilded brass and steel, partly bluedAccession: 17.190.1413On view in:Gallery 532
Artist: Clockmaker: Ferdinand Berthoud (French, 1727–1807)Date: ca. 1768–70Medium: Case: oak veneered with ebony and brass, with gilt-bronze mounts; Dial: white enamel; Movement: gilded brass and steelAccession: 1982.60.50On view in:Gallery 540
Artist: Clock maker: Jean Godde l'aîné (French, ca. 1668–1748/49)Date: ca. 1740–45Medium: Case: gilded bronze, oak, and tortoiseshell on brass marquetry on oak; Dial: white enamel and gilded brass with blued-steel hands; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1971.206.27On view in:Gallery 526