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Nécessaire with watch

Date:
probably ca. 1745–50
Culture:
German
Medium:
Casket: gold and mother-of-pearl, lined with dark-red velvet; Watch: brass and partly blued steel
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 4 1/4 × 5 1/16 × 3 3/4 in. (10.8 × 12.9 × 9.5 cm); Diameter (back plate): 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.60.135
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 540
Fitted with sewing and writing implements as well as a watch, this unmarked nécessaire shows delightful chinoiserie decoration in the Rococo style, echoing the work of the influential Munich designer François Cuvilliés (1695–1768).
Signature: Signed falsely on back plate of movement: Roth / AParis

Marking: Unmarked
J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1944; estate sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, January 6–8, 1944); Jack and Belle Linsky (until 1982; to MMA)
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