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Watch: M/P.7-1913

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Val, Gabriel du




Verge watch in polychrome enamel case.
MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'G Du Val A Paris'. Balance cock table and foot, pierced and engraved with wavy edge, foot elongated to the edge of the plate. Brass balance. Brass set-up worm wheel, steel worm with blued steel supports having fine pierced feet. Blued steel worm guard and pointer. Rectangular fusee iron post with decorated end. Blued steel case bolt screwed to pillar plate, nib through pillar plate. Rectangular potance riveted to top plate. Counter-potance, cock with decorated foot screwed to top plate. Pillar plate with four turned baluster pillars, second and third wheel bar. Cut out for potance. Dial side with zig-zag engraved border, with a scratch mark under the dial, 'Cotori' (unclear). Split gut fusee, barrel with top lip only. Shake hours. Verge escapment. Train, four pinions, planted anti-clockwise.

DIAL: White enamel on gold, outer pattern, ring, radial Roman chapters, quarter hour ladder ring with half-hour lines between chapters. Centre polychrome painting of child Jesus, with a lamb to his left and a landscape to the right. Back counter enamelled.

HAND: Blued steel, gold arrow, crescent tail.

CASE: Gold body with two recesses in band and one large recess in back which contains polychrome enamel, side panels of country scenes, and a back depiction of Madonna with Jesus and an angel. The inside of the case is plain gold. Bezel of pink gold bright cut. Gold ball turned pendant with a d section ring. Inside of the ring is chased, reading from the split 'Z: UX: J. GREEN A.'

Legal notes

Frank Gray Smart Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1913-06-05) by Smart, Frank Gray


17th Century#
Circa 1640 - 1650

Components of the work

Fusee Post composed of iron
Case composed of enamel gold Diameter 38.5 mm Height 46.5 mm Thickness 14 mm
Fusee composed of gut
Hour Hand, Case Bolt composed of steel
Balance, Worm Wheel composed of brass (alloy)
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 32.75 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 34 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 3.5 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: G Du Val A Paris
  • Location: Plate movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: Z: UX: J. GREEN A
  • Location: Inside case
  • Method of creation: Chased

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.7-1913
Primary reference Number: 207141
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Audit data

Created: Friday 27 November 2015 Updated: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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