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WATCHMAKING AND SILVERWARE
WATCHMAKING AND SILVERWARE
WATCHMAKING AND SILVERWARE

WATCHMAKING AND SILVERWARE

Formed at the end of the 19th century, the watchmaking collection includes examples of the work of prestigious Neuchâtel watchmakers such as Ferdinand Berthoud and Abraham-Louis Breguet, together with pendulums, various movements, dials and richly decorated watch cases.

The three famous automata – the Writer, the Draughtsman and the Musician – were built at La Chaux-de-Fonds between 1768 and 1774 by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the watchmaker and engineer, his son Henri-Louis and Jean-Frédéric Leschot: these are the collection's showpieces.

The silverware collection comprises 150 items dating from the 17th to the 20th century. Its highlight is a distinguished collection of ceremonial cups, mostly manufactured in Neuchâtel. Among the Neuchâtel gold and silversmiths who are represented, mention should be made of N. Wittnauer (17th century), N. Matthey, the Redard family (17th and 18th), the Bonvêpre family, D. Renaud (18th) and E. Röthlisberger (20th).

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