Exhibitions/ Art Object


Watchmaker: Johannes van Ceulen (Dutch, active 1675–1715)
Painted enamel possibly by Henri Toutin (French, 1614–1684)
Raised enamel possibly by I. Josias Belle (French, 1624–1695)
ca. 1676–80
Dutch, The Hague movement with French, Paris case
Case: painted enamel on gold, and raised enamel on gold; Movement: gilded brass, partly blued steel, and silver
Diameter (case): 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); Diameter (back plate): 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
There was great demand for enamel watches among wealthy Dutch patrons; however, in the seventeenth century, nearly all enamelers who worked on watchcases were French or Swiss. Enameled cases were therefore imported empty to be fitted with Dutch movements, like this early balance spring watch. The scene on the cover, the Old Testament story of Elijah and Rebecca at the well, is almost certainly French in origin.
Signature: Signed on back plate of movement, in script: Johannes Van Ceulen fecit Hagae
Carl Heinrich Marfels (sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (before 1911–17; to MMA)
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