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Tournai Pocket Watch Stand

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Dates Circa 1765
Medium Porcelain
Origin Belgium
Description A very rare Tournai pocket watch stand decorated at the Chelsea factory during the gold anchor period. The two figures of Venus and Adonis with cupid adorn the base of the watch stand with a winged cupid with his bow and arrow above. The decoration is in a typical soft ‘Gold anchor’ palette which includes the style of gilding.

Mark: A small gold anchor mark is behind the left swirl at the base.

26cm High

21cm Wide

15cm Deep

When not being worn on an individual, a pocket watch could be placed on a stand, transforming it from a personal item into a household one, like a mantel clock. Watch stands were produced at porcelain and pottery factories throughout Europe and were also made in other materials, such as gilded bronze and wood. First appearing in the seventeenth century, they gained popularity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when watch ownership became more common.

Condition His right foot remodelled, her head reattached, putto: right wing remodelled and tips of fingers and chip to cloak restored. There are a few stress faults.
Literature The links between Tournai and the English factories of Chelsea and Derby is documented and for discussions on this see:

2 chapters: Les Cahiers de Mariemont Vol. 24/25 1993/4, Hommage à Mireille Jottrand, Claire le Corbeillier, Tournai and Mennecy, pp. 55-59 for the connection with Derby) and J.V.G.Mallet, A painting of Nicholas Sprimont, his family and his Chelsea vases, pp. 77-95, for the connection between Tournai and Chelsea.

Also see, Lucien Delpalce, Porcelain de Tournai, p. 200, for or a Tournai model of a watch stand with similar decoration.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York for another similar watch stand Accession Number: 54.147.28 (last photograph)