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James Cox (c. 1723-1800)

Nécessaire and watch c.1770

RCIN 6538

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The celebrated London jeweller and metalworker James Cox specialised in making lavishly ornamented objets de vertu. These often incorporated watches and complex automaton movements and great numbers were made for export to India and the Far East, where they were known as 'sing-songs'. This nécessaire is typical of Cox's work and incorporates standardised and mass-produced elements. When the lid is opened, a watch and automaton are revealed.