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Once upon a time
The Royal Museums of Art and History's (RMAH) collection of old clocks and watches includes a most remarkable ensemble of pocket watches. Amongst these, the enamelled watches from the 16th to the 19th centuries are without a doubt absolute jewels. They aptly illustrate the numerous aspects of this decorative technique that is both complex and mysterious.
This collection is a miniature museum in itself that offers an overview of the artistic accomplishments and fashions from 1650 to 1850. A few pieces were made in the prestigious Parisian workshops, but most passed through the able hands of artisans working for the Swiss Fabrique genevoise.
Paper dresses by Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave as well as a few choice pieces of the RMAH, namely porcelain, costumes and silverwork, complete the exhibition.