Watchmaker: Anthoine Arlaud

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 520

Arlaud, a Huguenot refugee from the French Auvergne, was the first in a dynasty of Geneva watchmakers. He became a burgher in Geneva in 1617. The form of this watch and the scene of the Risen Christ, with the emblems of the Passion, are surely reminders of the brevity of life on earth and of the importance of the salvation of the soul.

Watch, Watchmaker: Anthoine Arlaud (born ca. 1590, after 1641), Case: rock crystal, with gilded silver mounts; Dial: silver, partly gilded; Movement: gilded brass and steel, Swiss, Geneva

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