Clock - inv. 3461

Geneve (?), first quarter 19th century

Pocket Watch with Automata
1820
     
diametro 51 mm
Inv. 3461

Clock and Watch Room


The watch has a gold case and a white enamel dial. On the back appears a lively scene in gold and polychrome enamel animated by automata: inside a kitchen a child, seated next to the large chimney, is turning a spit, a woman is spinning and water gushes from a drinking fountain. Watches with automata were a feature of Swiss watch-making: they were expensive, almost refined toy timepieces for adults, and were much sought after.