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© The Frick Collection
© The Frick Collection© The Frick Collection© The Frick Collection© The Frick Collection
Abraham Gribelin  (1589–1671)
or Isaac Gribelin  (active 1616–1651)
Formerly attributed to Nicolas Gribelin
Pendant Clock, ca. 1620
Silver
3 1/4 × 1 7/8 × 1 1/8 in. (8.3 × 4.7 × 2.9 cm)
Bequest of Winthrop Kellogg Edey, 1999
Accession number: 1999.6.19
Not on View
Commentary:

The silver dial plate of this watch is finely engraved with a gilt-brass chapter ring, roman numerals at the hours, and fleur-de-lis-type marks on the half hours. The area outside the chapter ring has a floral and foliate design with figures playing musical instruments: for example, at five o’clock, a gentleman playing a flute, behind whom is a soldier with a pike; at seven o’clock, a gentle­man playing a drum followed by a soldier with a sword. The center of the dial illustrates an army encampment with a group of soldiers and a ruler wearing a laurel wreath; a figure in the back­ground is committing suicide with a sword. The identification of these scenes is unclear. The sides of the case are silver, delicately engraved and pierced to emit the sound of a bell.

Source: Vignon, Charlotte. The Frick Collection Decorative Arts Handbook. New York: The Frick Collection/Scala, 2015.