The engravings to the case of this watch are based on designs created by Professor Carl Ludwig Theodore Graff, (1844-1906,) Director of the Royal College of Arts and the Art Museum, Dresden. Graff's designs were based on Renaissance themes and featured a range of elements from fruit, vines, rams' heads, birds and ribbons to architectural motifs. One of Graff's 'signature' features was the head of Minerva which was frequently incorporated within a central cartouche by the highly skilled case decorators, either as a polychrome enamel painting or a chased and engraved roundel.
For examples of motifs and designs of Professor Graff see Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne The Watchmakers of Dresden, Vol. II, pp. 122-127, pls. 345-364.
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