Bequeathed by Octavius Morgan
Room 38-39: Clocks and Watches
Gold and enamel cased watch by David Bouquet
London, England, around AD 1650
By the beginning of the seventeenth century
there were a number of foreign clock and watchmakers working just
outside the city of London, particularly in the area of
Blackfriars, one of the so-called 'liberties'. Many
of these 'strangers' were
This watch is one of the finest to come from Bouquet's workshop in about 1650. The case consists of a gold box enamelled all over in black onto which is laid a spectacular floral design. On the inside, the dial is enamelled with a painted landscape within a white enamel chapter ring. The counter-enamel on the inside of the lid has a black-painted rural scene over a blue ground. On the cover is an impressive array of ninety-two foil-set diamonds.
The movement is of a standard design, being of fairly large diameter and undoubtedly made to fit the exquisite case and dial. Unlike the normal practice, these would have been delivered to the watchmaker to fit the watch. Once completed, alterations could not be made to an enamel case.
H. Tait, Clocks and watches (London, The British Museum Press, 1983)