Clock watch

Maker: Movement by Michael Nouwen, or Nouen (Flemish, active London, ca. 1600–10, died 1613)

Date: ca. 1600–10

Culture: British, London

Medium: Case: gilded brass; Dial: gilded brass with a blued steel hand; Movement: gilded brass and iron

Dimensions: Diameter: 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)

Classification: Horology

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.1549


Nouwen was a member of a Flemish family of clockmakers that originated in ’s-Hertogenbosch in Brabant, now a part of The Netherlands. Like the Vallins, he was probably a refugee from political and religious strife. The front plate of Nouwen’s movement is split in two, an unusual feature that makes it possible to remove the wheels of one train of the watch without disturbing the wheels of the other. The female figure in the center of the dial, reminiscent of Flemish personifications of Summer, wears a crown of grain stalks and carries a cornucopia in her right arm.