Tuesday, 16 July 2013

A Watch Worthy of the Sun

     "The decoration of this elaborately jeweled pocket watch includes a depiction of the young Louis XIV on horseback and a miniature with the arms of France and Navarre and the Orders of Saint Michael and the Holy Spirit. It was presumably made for the young king, and is one of the most important surviving watches of its period." (Dates to 1650; made of enamel & gold; text from Metropolitan Museum)

This pocket watch was made between 1645-1648 in France. The Sun King is depicted on horseback on the lit and it is possible that it was made for Louis XIV himself. It is made of enameled gold with a hand of steel. Besides the King there are also two miniatures depicting the arms of Navarre and France as well as those of the Order of Saint Michael and the Holy Spirit.

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