Queen Marie (1825-1889) outlived Ludwig, and upon her death her second son, King Otto of Bavaria (1848-1916) inherited the present piece. The watch was subsequently left to Prince Joseph Clemens of Bavaria (1902-1990). At the time of the 1999 auction, the watch was sold together with an enamel box and these were accompanied by a letter written by Prince Joseph and dated 1926 which confirmed the authenticity of the note currently with the watch as that of Queen Maria as well as the provenance of the watch.
The watch bears a sapphire-set initial of Ludwig surrounded by foliage to one side, while the front lid contains rose-cut diamonds in the shape of a star, centred by a cushion-shaped ruby. While beautifully rendered, this watch is less ostentatious than many other watches commissioned by Ludwig. He famously had a fractious relationship with his family members throughout his life.
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