Watch and chatelaine

Case maker: Hippolyte Téterger French
Gold of chatelaine chased by Jules-Paul Brateau French

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This extravagant, exquisitely crafted display piece, decorated in a historical revival style inspired by sixteenth-century “grotesque” ornament, was shown at the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle. While the watchcase is signed by Téterger, the movement is unsigned, suggesting the prestige of the jeweler surpassed that of the watchmaker. If valued more as a piece of jewelry than a timekeeper, its high-quality movement nevertheless features up-to-date technology for the time.

Watch and chatelaine, Case maker: Hippolyte Téterger (French, 1831–after 1891), Chatelaine: partly enameled gold and platinum set with diamonds; Movement: gilded brass and steel, French, Paris

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