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Watch

Maker:
Watchmaker: J. Vibrandi (recorded 1635–78)
Date:
ca. 1640
Culture:
Dutch, Leeuwarden
Medium:
Case: rock crystal and gold, partly enameled; Movement: gilded brass and steel, partly blued
Dimensions:
1-1/2 x 1-1/8 in. (3.8 x 2.9 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1019
Not on view
Today Leeuwarden is a small, rather quiet city, but in the seventeenth century it was the capital of a wealthy Dutch province as well as the seat of the Prince Stadholder of Friesland. It is not entirely unlikely, therefore, that a relatively unimportant watchmaker found a patron for this elegant watch. In 1648 the estate of Leeuwarden goldsmith Minne Sikkes (recorded 1618, d. 1648) contained one large crystal watch case and four smaller ones.
Signature: J. Vibrandi, Leovardiae (on movement)
J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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