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Made by: Charpentier Oudin (Watchmaker)

On view in: Icon Room

About this object

Divided into three sections, this pendant watch consists of a shell carved from mother-of-pearl with a double-headed imperial eagle enameled in black, red, and white. Below this is a gold shell. Another shell of mother-of-pearl with a Danish coat of arms in enamel hangs from it. At the bottom is a crown in gold and enamel with a drop pearl suspended from it. Two gold chains link the crown to the watch at the bottom. The case is made of two pieces of mother-of-pearl carved in the shape of shells. Numerals in gold and black enamel ring the outer edge of the mother-of-pearl dial. A photograph of Tsarevich Alexander Alexandrovich (future Alexander III) appears inside. At the back of the pendant is a large flat hanger for suspension.

Object name:
Made from:
Gold -- enamel -- mother of pearl -- pearls -- photograph -- enamel -- glass
Made in:
Paris, France
Date made:
14.9 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
Coat of arms Danish coat of arms; Russian Imperial double headed eagle with St. George INSCRIPTION CHARPENTIER Oudin/ Palais Royal 52 / PARIS / Her. DE L'EMPEREUR DE RUSSIE [Clock face] INSCRIPTION Lafon de Camarsac...3r. de la Paix 1866 [Reverse of photograph in black ink] SCRATCHED NUMBER 36 mm/ 29 B / 111
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973