Exhibitions/ Art Object

Repeating watch

Movement by Francis Perigal (British, active 1741–67)
or Francis Perigal Jr. (British, active 1778–1809)
probably ca. 1770
British, London, made for Turkish market
Dial: white enamel with black numerals and silver hands set with diamonds; Movement: gilded brass and partly blued steel
Overall (with bail raised, confirmed): 2 1/2 × 1 9/16 × 7/8 in. (6.4 × 4 × 2.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
In the second half of the eighteenth century, English watchmakers exported a large number of watches for use in Arabic-speaking territories. The numerals on the dials were not exactly those used in Arabic arithmetic, however, but were apparently adaptations made by European clockmakers.
Signature: Signed on dial: PERIGAL ROYAL / EXCHANGE LONDON

Signed on back plate of movement: Fras Perigal/ LONDON and numbered 17389

Inscription: Movement, on back plate: 17389
Carl Heinrich Marfels ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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