Timepieces of the Renaissance
Pocket watches were the fruit of cooperation between watchmakers and jewellers. In designing their engraved, niello and enamel patterns and figure compositions that cover the items, masters made use of engravings. The decoration had to follow the style of the applied art of the period.
There are an early 17th-century watch with pictures of rare beauty showing the allegories of Wisdom and Justice, birds and flowers executed in the typical technique of the period, that of cut enamel. The outer side of the shutters bears a cameo on a shell with the portrait of Emperor Ferdinand II. This watch, a wonderful piece of the Renaissance style, comes from Count Musin-Pushkin’s collection. The engraved decor on the watch by Parisian master Barberet is also done in the Renaissance tradition.
Rococo style old clocks
In the 1730s, the Rococo style dominated all kinds of art: applied art in particular. The rich fantasy of the jewellers working in this intricate style was first and foremost demonstrated in the variety of materials they used. Watches were made of gold, silver, mother-of-pearl and semi-precious stones. Their surface
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