Enamel watch depicting the Virgin and Child

Made:
1880
Enamel watch depicting the Virgin and Child Enamel watch depicting the Virgin and Child

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Enamel watch depicting the Virgin and Child
Science Museum Group/The Clockmakers' Museum
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Enamel watch depicting the Virgin and Child
Science Museum Group/The Clockmakers' Museum
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Small enamelled watch by an unknown maker, Switzerland, c.1880. Engraved and enamelled gold case, numbered 10291. The back is enamelled with a scene of the Virgin Mary, Jesus as the Chirst Child and John the Baptist, within a gold rococo border and black surround. The scene is derived from the painting 'Madonna della Seggiola' c.1513 by Raphael. The front cover encloses a small offset silver dial with blued steel hands, surrounded by floral enamelling also on black ground. Bar-type movement with cylinder escapement. Clockmakers' Museum No. 1142.

The colours of this enamel portrait are somewhat different to those of the original, painted by Raphael. It is likely that the enameller copied the image from a mezzotint reproduction, rather than the original painting. The mezzotint process produces a tonal image only, meaning the enameller would have had to guess all of the colours.

Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Collection:
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-4047
type:
watch
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers