Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Watch with portrait of Friedrick Wilhelm, the Great Elector

Watchmaker: Johann G. Racine (Swiss, active Berlin, recorded 1748)
Case maker: Jean-Pierre Huaud, known as the younger Huaud (Swiss, 1655–1723)
case ca. 1688, movement ca. 1750
Swiss, Geneva case with German, Berlin movement
Case: painted enamel on gold; Movement: brass and steel
Diameter (case): 1 9/16 in. (4 cm); Diameter (back plate): 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
The miniature is a portrait of Friedrich Wilhelm, Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia (1620–1688), who was known as the Great Elector. It was painted by the Swiss-born enamelist Jean-Pierre Huaud, who worked for a time at the court of the Elector in Berlin. Johann Racine, a watchmaker from Basel, evidently made a new movement for a treasured watchcase.
Signature: Signed on case, center below snap: Huaut le puisné pintre de son A. E. aberlin [Huaut the Younger, painter to his Highness Elector of Berlin]

Signed on back plate of movement : Racine / 110 / Berlin
Carl Heinrich Marfels (sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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