Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pair-case watch with repeating mechanism

Watchmaker: Charles Cabrier II (British, 1719–1765)
Case maker: Frederick Wieland (British, active ca. 1731–after 1759)
Engraved scene on outer case based on an etching by Sébastien Leclerc I (French, Metz 1637–1714 Paris)
British, London
Outer case: gold; Inner case: pierced and engraved gold; Dial: white enamel
Overall (watch with bail, confirmed): 2 3/8 × 1 9/16 × 1 1/8 in. (6 × 4 × 2.8 cm);
Overall (outer case, confirmed): 1 7/8 × 1 7/8 × 7/8 in. (4.8 × 4.8 × 2.2 cm)
Credit Line:
The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, 1932
Accession Number:
32.75.37a, b
Not on view
The quarter-repeating movement of this watch is the work of Charles Carbrier II of the distinguished family of London watchmakers. Repoussé gold outer cases for watches were in demand in the mid-eighteenth century, but only a few, like the present example, were signed. The embossed scene illustrates the story of the Greek sun god Apollo, adapted from an etching by Sébastien Leclerc. Ownership of this watch would have demonstrated affluence and familiarity with Greek mythology.
Signature: Signed on outer case: Wiela [Frederick Wieland (recorded 1735–after 1759)]

Signed on back plarte of movement: C. Cabrier 2d/LONDON

Inscription: On back plate of movement, below signature: numbered 3530
Giovanni Pertinax Morosini (to his daughter Giulia) ; by descent, Giulia P. Morosini (until d. 1932; to MMA)
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