I do love pocket-watches. Shame I won’t be in L.A. to catch this event, but it sounds great.
If you’re in the area why not check it out – best of all, entrance is free!
[Press Release] The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today the loan of four pocket watches created by Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747 – 1823), founder of the Breguet watch company. These watches, part of the Breguet Museum’s historic timepiece collection, date to the late-18th/early-19th- centuries and will join the Getty’s display of French decorative arts in the South Pavilion at the Getty Center. They will be on view through October 2011.
“We are delighted to welcome these watches to our French 18th-century Decorative Arts galleries, where they will join other items treasured by Parisians of the era,” said Antonia Boström, senior curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. “The Getty’s collection does not include personal timepieces and placing these objects within the context of our collection helps enliven the story we tell in those galleries of daily life through the exquisitely crafted objects found in the finest homes.”
Although all four watches on view were sold and used in the 1800s, three of them were designed in the late 1700s. They are all from the Breguet Museum in Paris, which houses more than 100 timepieces and items related to the history of the House of Breguet.
“We are honored to share our cherished cultural heritage with visitors to the Getty Museum, and to convey the rich traditions of Paris in the 18th-century, in which Breguet played a very special role,” said Breguet President, Marc Hayek. “That was the dream that led my grandfather Nicolas Hayek to found the Breguet Museum more than 10 years ago, a dream I’m proud to help continue.”
Breguet is a sponsor of Paris: Life and Luxury, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center through August 7, 2011. The exhibition re-imagines, through art and material culture, the complex and nuanced lifestyle of elite 18th-century Parisians who made their city the fashionable and cultural epicenter of Europe. The exhibition travels to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston where it will be on view from September 18 to December 10, 2011.
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