George Michael Moser, born in January 1706 in Switzerland, was one of the most prominent chasers and enamellers of his day. He worked for his father, also a chaser, until he moved to London in 1726, where he worked for a coppersmith and then a cabinet maker. His skill was such that he became drawing-master to King George III and designed the great seal for him. Throughout his career, Moser worked mainly with Thomas Mudge, George Graham, William Webster, and John Ellicott. He specialized in figural renderings and often used classical sources for his scenes. He was widely known and respected in the artistic field, was one of the original founders of the Royal Academy along with Sir Joshua Reynolds, and was elected Keeper of the Academy by King George III in 1768. Moser died in January of 1783, and was honoured by Sir Joshua Reynolds in his obituary as “the father of the present race of artists” see, Edgcumbe, The Art of the Gold Chaser, pp. 85-90.
The movement, signed by Andrew Dickie, is of high quality. Andrew Dickie of Edinburgh did not generally number his movements, however, Andrew Dickie of London (who may have been the former’s son) did and the number, 2045, fits with the latter’s known sequence; although of course this may be coincidence, it is possible that the watch was supplied by Dickie of London.
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