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Watch: gallant scene in the Fragonard manner

Date: ca. 1758–65
Culture: French and probably Swiss
Medium: Outer case of painted enamel on gold. Inner case of gold with an unidentified maker’s mark consisting of the letters ic over b below a coronet (incuse) on the interior and an eagle’s head, a French guarantee mark for gold in use between 1 January 1847 and 1 July 1919 on the pendant. Dial of gold and white enamel with black numerals; silver hands set with diamond chips. Movement of gilt brass and steel. Movement signed (on the back plate): Tomson/london.
Dimensions: H. of watch 6 cm, diam. of outer case 4.75 cm, diam. of inner case 4.1 cm, diam. of back plate 3.45 cm.
Classification: Enamels
Credit Line: Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number: 1975.1.1245

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