Maker: Watchmaker: Jacques Goullons (French, active Paris, 1626–died 1671)

Date: ca. 1645–50

Culture: French, probably Paris

Medium: Case and dial: painted enamel on gold with brass hand; Movement: gilded brass and partly blued steel

Dimensions: Diameter (case): 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); Diameter (back plate): 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm)

Classification: Horology

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.1557


Goullons specialized in watch movements with painted enamel cases, including one for King Louis XIV. This case exterior’s miniatures depict the Virgin and Child with an angel, copying an engraving by Pierre Daret, and Joseph being awakened by an angel, after an engraving by Michel Dorigny. These engravings recorded paintings by Simon Vouet. Such enameled watchcases are rarely signed, and the best enamelers were so adept at reproducing the style of their sources that individual masters are difficult to identify.