Clock - inv. 3446
This is the earliest and most valuable of the enamel-decorated watches of the museum. The box and lid are wide to allow room for the rich decoration, while the movement is flattened for aesthetic reasons. On the box and lid are depicted Venus and Mars, Narcissus and the Four Seasons. A landscape is engraved on the silver dial. The technique of miniature painting in enamel to embellish luxury timepieces was developed in the seventeenth century mainly in France. The watchmaker David Bouquet, a native of Lyon, emigrated to London before 1622 and remained there until his death in 1665, but his timepieces retained the distinctive features of French clockmaking.