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Modello or sketch for porte montre (watch stand), c. 1780

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The Putnam Dana McMillan Fundexpand_more  77.32

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House clocks had been popular additions to wealthy homes since the 1500s, but portable pocket watches were a new and head-turning achievement in the 1700s. Their proud owners showcased them in precious watch stands when not in use—the 1700s equivalent of iPhone chargers. This one exhibits a relief showing the figure of Cupid with two pierced hearts and kissing birds, suggesting that when the watch was put into its stand at night, it was time for love.

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Modello or sketch for porte montre (watch stand)
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77.32
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