John Garth. A 22ct gold key wind repoussé pair case pocket watch Numbered 365, Circa 1760
Lot 9
John Garth. A 22ct gold key wind repoussé pair case pocket watch Numbered 365, Circa 1760
£1,800 - 2,200
US$ 3,000 - 3,700
Auction Details
John Garth. A 22ct gold key wind repoussé pair case pocket watch Numbered 365, Circa 1760
Lot Details
John Garth. A 22ct gold key wind repoussé pair case pocket watch
Numbered 365, Circa 1760
Fusee verge movement, pierced and engraved balance cock, steel 3-arm balance, silver regulation, squared baluster pillars, signed brass cap, white enamel dial with black Roman numeral hour markers and outer Arabic numerals, blued steel hands, polished inner case, outer repoussé case depicting the seated figure of the Goddess Cybelle, movement signed
49mm.

Footnotes

  • Cybelle, the 'mother goddess', is generally represented in a sitting posture in a chariot pulled by lions with a lighted torch in one hand and a sphere or drum in the other. In this particular depiction, rather than being seated in a lofty chariot, she is seated within a walled city with a cornucopia in one hand and a key in the other. This is to suggest that she is both the keeper of cities and of winter, which she keeps locked away until the summer, when she dispenses summer.

    According to Greek and Roman legends both, Cybelle loved a shepherd named Attis who went mad and killed himself. Cybelle, in distress, asked Jupiter to restore him. Jupiter responded by making Attis into a pine tree. Symbolically this allowed him to eternally embrace Cybelle with his roots in the earth.
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