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The Face of the Pocket Watch 1500-1950

Exhibition  /  15 Nov 2010  -  29 May 2011
Published: 24.11.2010
Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst e.V.
Taschenuhr im Stil des Art Deco, um 1930.
Taschenuhr im Stil des Art Deco, um 1930

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Intro
The exhibition in the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau offers a fascinating stroll through the history of the watch which was carried on the body and to which France, England, Switzerland, the United States, and Germany all made a decisive contribution.
The pocket watch can be viewed as a significant cultural indicator. This aspect has now been embraced for the first time and spotlighted by the presentation in Hanau.
There is hardly any object in which our culture, our art, and our civilization could have found its expression to a greater degree than the pocket watch – whether in the hands, the numerals, the face, the casing, or in its technical section, the clockwork. From the beginning, the pocket watch was also a decoration and an expression of the wearer’s personality, and ultimately, a mirror of the fashion and the style of its time. These influences were stamped on all of its components.

In its stylistic impression, the clockwork demonstrates the development from the Renaissance through the early 19th century. The casing and face offer frankly ideal conditions for the wearer in the sense of its materials, form, and ornamentation. The numerals – in form and placement, Roman or Arabic according to the era, later Gothic, Cubistic, Constructivist, and Far Eastern. In their form and material, the hands indicate the succession of historic art styles, the political conditions, the influence of a religious expression or cultural environment, the affiliation with a profession, trade, or organization, a reference to flora, the advancement of science, or their provenance.
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Remarks

The exhibition can be seen in the Silver Hall at the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus daily, except Mondays, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Public guided tours will be given at 11:00 am on November 28, 2010, January 23, February 20, March 13, April 10, and May 15, 2011. Closed on December 24th and 25th, as well as January 1st.

Taschenuhr mit Freimaurersymbolik, um 1920.
Taschenuhr mit Freimaurersymbolik, um 1920

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Taschenuhr im Bauhaus Design, um 1930.
Taschenuhr im Bauhaus Design, um 1930

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Taschenuhr für den chinesischen Markt, um 1820.
Taschenuhr für den chinesischen Markt, um 1820

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Passionsuhr Ratel Paris, um 1880.
Passionsuhr Ratel Paris, um 1880

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Godde Laisne a Paris, um 1690.
Godde Laisne a Paris, um 1690

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Alpenländische Taschenuhr, um 1840.
Alpenländische Taschenuhr, um 1840

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Zeitzonen-Taschenuhr, um 1900.
Zeitzonen-Taschenuhr, um 1900

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Sectorform Anhängeuhr, um 1910.
Sectorform Anhängeuhr, um 1910

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