The repoussé scene to the outer case is of exceptional quality and there is a wonderful clarity to the decorative scheme. In his book, The Art of the Gold Chaser, Richard Edgcumbe discusses the present watch and notes that François Fourestier, to whom the repoussé scene is attributed, was, like David Hubert, a Hugenot. Edgcumbe also points out that the superb masks which are chased and embossed to the north and south of the scene “look back” to the work of the painter and engraver Jean Berain (1638-1711) [see op. cit. p.45]. It is interesting to note that, until 1738-1740, cartouches were generally symmetrical whilst soon thereafter a degree of asymmetry is generally present. On the present watch, the elaborate scrollwork east and west are the same, however, the scrolls north and south are not. The white enamel dial is of especially fine quality and the extra turning to the blued steel minute hand was fashionable at this date.
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