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Watch-clock, with diamond wreath dial

Decorative Arts

Fabergé became synonymous with exquisitely crafted, one-of-a-kind luxury goods, such as gold and jewel-encrusted picture frames, parasol handles, cigarette cases, and small animal figures carved from semiprecious stones, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their clients included European royalty and other wealthy people. Fabergé is perhaps best known for his unique mechanical Easter Eggs that were commissioned gifts from the Tsar to his wife and mother.

Fabergé was influenced by jewelry of many periods and nationalities, but he felt foremost affinity with late eighteenth-century French Neoclassical design, as seen in the severe rectilinear silhouette of this clock and the use of the wreath motif.
MEDIUM stone (possibly lapis lazuli), precious stone (diamonds, emeralds), jade, metal (brass), clock parts, and glass
DATES 1886-1896
DIMENSIONS 2 3/4 x 2 x 1 in. (7 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS "RA" and stamped with number "17802". Inside door are three stamped marks: "72" (indicating 18 carat gold), "H.W." (for workmaster Henrick Wigström) and "Fabergé" in Russian characters, 246 9 (?) 7 etched on metal pin in base.
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Helen Babbott Sanders
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CAPTION House of Carl Fabergé (1846-1920). Watch-clock, with diamond wreath dial, 1886-1896. stone (possibly lapis lazuli), precious stone (diamonds, emeralds), jade, metal (brass), clock parts, and glass , 2 3/4 x 2 x 1 in. (7 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Helen Babbott Sanders, 78.129.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 78.129.1_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 78.129.1_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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