Outer case: glass and gold set with diamonds, pearls, emeralds, and rubies; Inner case: gold; Dial: white enamel with black painted Chinese characters and blued steel hands; Movement: gilded brass and partly blued steel
The hours and minutes are in Chinese characters on this British watch made for export to China. The painting of the characters suggests the hand of a European craftsman not entirely comfortable with Chinese calligraphy. They correspond to the twice - twelve division of the day customary in the West and do not relate to traditional Chinese methods of dividing the day, which are too complex to fit on a simple watch dial.
Signature: Signed on back plate of movement: Jno. Champion / London and numbered 1995
Marking: Case: HT (unidentified casemaker's mark)
possibly Emperor of China ; Carl Heinrich Marfels , Frankfurt and Berlin (sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: 1766Medium: Case: gold with diamonds and paste jewels set in silver, pearls; Dial: while enamel; Movement: partly gilded brass and steel, wheel balance and cock of silver set with paste jewelsAccession: 1982.60.137On view in:Gallery 540
Artist: Clockmaker: Joseph Knibb (British, 1640–1711)Date: ca. 1680–85Medium: Case: walnut and oak veneered with walnut; Dial: gilded and silvered brass; Movement: brass and steelAccession: 1974.28.92On view in:Not on view
Artist: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)Date: ca. 1677–80Medium: Case: oak veneered with walnut, panels of oyster-cut olive wood; marquetry panels of green-stained bone, ivory, and various woods; gilded-brass mounts; dial: gilded and silvered brass; movement: brass and steelAccession: 1999.48.2On view in:Not on view