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Watch: M.102 & A-1961

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Watchmaker: L'Epine, Jean-Antoine




Verge watch in enamelled gold case, with enamelled gold chatelaine.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'L'Epine Hr. du Roy A Paris.' Pierced balance bridge with four pierced 'C' motifs, polished steel coquette. Silver regulation dial, two scales with 'A' and 'R' at ends, plain blued steel hand. Plain fusee cock, plain foot to counter-potance.
Plain rectangular fusee iron post. Polished steel case bolt with conical end, nib under dial. Adjustable potance. Plain counter-potance with polished steel end piece. Pillar plate with four turned pillars, tapered outwards towards each end from ring about one third up from pillar plate, centre wheel recessed. Under dial centre recessed, '9872' scratched under hour wheel. Third wheel bridge, curved to fit recess with round extension for pivot. Fusee and chain, one lip on barrel, set-up click under dial, third wheel bridge. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise.

DIAL: White enamel on copper, edge gilt, three feet. '9782' scratched in counter enamel. Outer ring of Arabic 5 min. figures, ladder minute ring, dot at 5 mins. Radial Roman chapters, centre painted with l'Epine above centre and 'hger. du Roy' and 'A.PARIS' below, all straight lines. Winding hole at 1.30, at inside of chapters circle.

HANDS: Gold, pierced Louis XV style.

CASE: Gold consular case with circular enamel plaque on back. Depiction of Love to the left, under a tree in a walled garden with the sun settng over trees in the background. To the right, is a dove on the end of a ribbon over a cylindrical altar of love, with two smoking hearts on top. The pink translucent sky is on an engine-turned background. The plaque is in a narrow gold ring within an enamelled ring of two narrow blue rings, with central gold figure-of-eight ring with white enamel dots. Edge of bezel and body has enamel filled chased design. Stepped cylindrical pendant with cylindrical top having indistinct assay (?) mark. Stirrup bow. Inside 'JG' on inside of bezel at 9 o'clock.

CHATELAINE (A): Gold and enamelled. Two sections of four chains, outer chains oval links with filigree. Inner chains of shorter oval enamelled links with light blue oval, with white outer oval. Gold enamelled bar between sections of chain with line of pierced pearls in centre. Bottom gold enamelled plate with five drops. Plate with two lines of pierced pearls, top and bottom with enamelled circular plaque between, one each side, with blue and white enamel supports. Plaque of lady with dog, other of lady with lambs. All drops include a circular enamelled plaque of circular enamel design.
Drops include a key and seal, cut with monogram 'AR'.

Legal notes

Louis Colville Gray Clark Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th century
Production date: circa AD 1790

Components of the work

Chatelaine composed of pearls enamel gold Length 275 mm
Dial, Case composed of enamel
Dial composed of copper
Case, Hands composed of gold
Movement composed of silver steel
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 31.25 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 32.75 mm
Movement (dial) Diameter 33.5 mm
Case Diameter 39 mm Height 50 mm Thickness 17.75 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 4 mm
Movement, Case
Movement, Hands

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'L'Epine Hr. du Roy A Paris.'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: '9872'
  • Location: Dial
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Number
  • Text: 'JG'
  • Location: Inside case
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: indistinct

  • Type: Assay mark
  • Text: 'AR'
  • Location: Chatelaine drops
  • Method of creation: Cut
  • Type: Monogram

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.102 & A-1961
Primary reference Number: 201816
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 10 June 2015 Updated: Wednesday 28 March 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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