Apollo and the Muses Enamel Watch

Detail from Oval Dish: Apollo and the Muses Enamel

Martial Reymond (French, d. 1599)

The design on this watch is adapted from an enamel dish in The Frick Collection that depicts the Concert of the Muses, a popular mythological theme in Europe from about 1550 to 1650. This detail shows the god Apollo playing a viol while Pegasus, the winged horse, stamps his hooves on the rocks in the background. By doing so, Pegasus was said to have created to the spring of Hippocrene. The association of Pegasus with rocks, water, and music was a theme of Renaissance garden architecture.

Renaissance enamellers, such as Reymond, used contemporary print sources to create their compositions.  Representing popular themes of the day, the composition on this dish is similar to an engraving by Giorgio Ghisi (Italian, 1520–1582) done after a drawing by Luca Penni (Italian, c. 1500–1556).

The dish was one of forty-eight enamels that Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) purchased from the Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan in 1916.

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