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Watchmaker: Wilhelm Peffenhauser (German, Augsburg, born 1618, master 1647, died before 1683)
Cameo cut by P. Schweyger (active Augsburg, 1540–50)
watch ca. 1650, cameo 16th–17th century
German, Augsburg
Case: agate cameo, with cover of enameled gold set with gemstones (rubies); Dial: engraved gold and silver; Movement: gilded brass and steel, partly blued
Overall: 1 1/2 × 1 1/16 × 3/4 in. (3.8 × 2.7 × 1.9 cm); Overall (visible cameo): 13.8 × 11 mm
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Peffenhauser, or Pepfenhauser, appears in the records of the Stadtarchiv Augsburg as a casemaker as well as a watchmaker. The case may, therefore, have been made at least in part by the clockmaker, perhaps incorporating an earlier cameo.
Signature: On back plate of movement: Wilhelm Peffenhauser / Aug
J. J. Fugger ; Frederick George Hilton Price (until d. 1909; sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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