A painted enamel scene of Adam and Eve replaces the standard pierced and engraved brass cock for the balance staff on the back plate of this watch. With the ticking of the watch, the silver snake moves around the circumference of the enamel. Automata like this one were often exported to Russia; its probable maker, Charles Clay, is better known for having collaborated with George Frideric Handel in producing a series of musical clocks.
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: Clockmaker: Joseph Knibb (British, 1640–1711)Date: ca. 1680–85Medium: Case: walnut and oak veneered with walnut; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1974.28.92On view in:Not on view
Artist: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)Date: ca. 1677–80Medium: Case: oak veneered with walnut, panels of oyster-cut olive wood; marquetry panels of green-stained bone, ivory, and various woods; gilded-brass mounts; dial: gilded and silvered brass; movement: brass and steelAccession: 1999.48.2On view in:Not on view