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

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The Putnam Dana McMillan Fundexpand_more  77.32

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.

Modello or sketch for porte montre (watch stand)
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